Demographics

Growth


The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) estimates that as of July 1, 2019 Cornelius’ population is 32,144. The State Demographics branch of OSBM is responsible for producing population estimates and projections annually, which are used in the distribution of state shared revenues to local governments.

Cornelius experienced tremendous growth from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau stated the population was 11,969. According to the 2010 decennial census, the population grew to 24,866.

Cornelius is approximately 15 square miles.

Lake Norman


Lake Norman was created in 1963, by damming the Catawba River. Lake Norman has approximately 520 miles of shoreline, with Cornelius having the largest amount of shoreline of all the municipalities on the lake (approximately 70 miles).


2010 Census Statistics


Population:
Under 20: 24.5%
Under 35: 45.2%
Under 40: 54.3%
Over 60: 15.8%

Males: 12,181 49%
Females: 12,685 51%

*Source: U.S. Census Bureau - American Fact Finder

Town Median Income
2011 $74,241
2012 $69,219
2013 $73,804
2014 $83,147
2015 $83,020
2016 $82,698
2017 $90,000
2018 $84,277
2019 $85,908
2020 $88,366
 
*Source: Claritas Market Statistics for 2020
 


Principal Employers


# of Employees Employer
467 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
125 The Peninsula Club
123 Town of Cornelius
110 Financial Independence Group Inc.
  80  Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
  75 Modern Nissan of Lake Norman
  60 McDonald's
  60 Lake Norman Infiniti
  50 Asset Management Technologies Inc.
  50 VectorVest Inc.

 *Source: Charlotte Chamber of Commerce for 2020