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Cornelius, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Cornelius had a population of 29,319 as of July 1, 2017. Cornelius 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 Cornelius is located at latitude 35.4734 and longitude -80.8842 in Mecklenburg County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Cornelius (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0.46 sq. miles. Mecklenburg County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 784 feet.

The Town of Cornelius (GNIS ID: 2406314) 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 Cornelius is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Mecklenburg County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cornelius population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Cornelius, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 29,319
Daytime Population: Workers 14,739
Daytime Population: Residents 13,478
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 28,217
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.96
Population in Households 29,314
Population in Familes 22,001
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density2 2,535
Diversity Index3 35


Median Household Income $82,068
Average Household Income $118,880
Per Capita Income $52,554


Total Housing Units 14,036 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,341 (59.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,431 (31.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,264 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $284,929
Average Home Value $419,221


Total Households 12,772
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 7,418
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.36% 2.24%
Households 2.44% 2.27%
Families 1.73% 2.07%
Median Household Income   1.8%
Per Capita Income   1.82%

Cornelius, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cornelius to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 32 96th
Population Density # 15 98th
Diversity Index # 501 32nd
Median Household Income # 22 97th
Per Capita Income # 14 98th

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