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Demographics
Growth
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.

The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) estimates that as of July 1, 2013 Cornelius’ population is 27,655. 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 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
2001    $55,902
2002    $64,831
2003    $65,278
2004    $64,002
2005    $64,647
2006    $64,895
2007    $64,061
2008    $61,918
2009    $62,469
2010    $83,789

*Source: Claritas Market Statistics for 2010

Principal Employers

# of Employees            Employer
    406                    Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
    310                    YMCA
    240                    Michael Waltrip Racing Inc.
    150                    Home Depot
    150                    Peninsula Club
    125                    Financial Independence Group
    104                    Town of Cornelius
    100                    Harris Teeter
     90                      FXI

*Source: Charlotte Chamber of Commerce for 2011