Matthews, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Matthews, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Matthews had a population of 29,695 as of July 1, 2016. Matthews ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Matthews is located at latitude 35.1199 and longitude -80.7099 in Mecklenburg County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Matthews (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.1 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Mecklenburg County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 728 feet.

The Town of Matthews (GNIS ID: 2406108) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Matthews is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Mecklenburg County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Matthews population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Matthews: Fullwood, Fullwoods Store.

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Matthews, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 29,695
Population in Households 29,415
Population in Familes 25,116
Population in Group Qrtrs 280
Population Density1 1,736
Diversity Index2 46


Total Households 11,323
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 8,046
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,749 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,999 (68.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,324 (28.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 426 ( 3.6%)
Median Home Value $227,588
Average Home Value $260,631


Median Household Income $72,967
Average Household Income $94,295
Per Capita Income $36,090
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.42% 1.73%
Households 1.17% 1.65%
Families 1.02% 1.54%
Median Household Income   1.64%
Per Capita Income   1.52%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Matthews, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Matthews to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 31 96th
Population Density1 # 54 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 392 47th
Median Household Income # 37 95th
Per Capita Income # 53 93rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.