Cornelius, NC Overview

Proud of its character as a friendly, active, and rapidly growing community serving as the Gateway to the Lake Norman region, Cornelius provides an attractive residential setting surrounded by natural beauty.  Preserving the historic legacy of the first cotton mill, the town maintains a small manufacturing center along with expanded shops and services. The steady influx of new residents and the construction of handsome new homes, many of which are nestled along Lake Norman, have spurred commercial growth.  Harmonizing yesterday’s charm with modern convenience, the renovated downtown district combines with upscale new shopping centers and restaurants to meet every need.  Primarily regarded as a “lake community,” Cornelius is evolving as a balanced community of thriving businesses, comfortable neighborhoods, and active residents.  Adding to the green space and recreational opportunities is the 106-acre Jetton Park.


Population Growth (since 2000)111%
Population Density (ppl / mile)2,530.00
Household Size (ppl)2.286
Households w/ Children29%

Housing Stability

Annual Residential Turnover0%
5+ Years in Residency22%
Median Year in Residency2.59

Housing Inventory

Cornelius, NC Housing Inventory 8,8291,4774,2448,8291,477

Market Overview

190 listings with an estimated median price of $622,150

$200K - 300K17
$300K - 400K23
$400K - 500K28
$500K - 600K25
$600K - 700K19
$700K - 800K7
$800K - 900K7
$900K - 1M4
$1M - Max60
Property TypeCount
Single Family107
Lots and Land12
Multi Family1

(Data as of 5/27/2024)

Population Demographics

The population of the community broken down by age group. The numbers at the top of each bar indicate the number of people in the age bracket below.

Cornelius, NC Population Demographics

Total: 29,886


Median Age: 40.83

Climate and Weather

The Temperature chart displays average high and low values for January and July, and is designed to provide an indication of both seasonal and daily temperature variability. The Weather Risk Index indicates the calculated risk of each type of weather event occurring in the future. This risk is based on historical localized storm events and weather patterns. The national average for each type of weather event equals a score of 100, so a score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

Temperature (degrees F)

Cornelius, NC Temperature

Weather Risk

Cornelius, NC Weather Risk


The Community Educational Index chart is based on the U.S. Census Bureau's Socioeconomic Status (SES) elements. Factors used in creating the index below are income, educational achievement, and occupation of persons within the selected ZIP code. Since this index is based on the population of an entire Zip code, it may not reflect the nature of an individual school.

Education Climate Index

Cornelius, NC Education Climate Index

Highest Education Level Attained

Cornelius, NC Highest Education Level Attained 3,0253,7272,0253482334,0237,2853,0253,7272,0253482334,023

Employment and Finance


Cornelius, NC Workforce

Income by dollar range (Median Income: $87,385)

Cornelius, NC Income by dollar range 4231994355093333885014884858589851,7891,4851,1571,856661285235

Fair Market Rents

The Fair Market Rents show average gross rent estimates based on figures provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Smoking Ban

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The Crime Index compares the risk or probability of future occurrence of certain types of crime in this community as compared to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 1.0, so a score of 2.0 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 0.50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

Cornelius, NC Crime

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