Cornelius, NC

Cornelius, situated in Mecklenburg County, is a small town made up of 12.1 square miles.

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The town was named after J.B. Cornelius, a stockholder in a local cotton mill, with cotton being the foundation of the towns settlement. 


The median resident age in Cornelius is 39 years. The median estimated household income is about $80,000 making it about $33,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $46,000. The average price for a home in Cornelius is about $265,000 (2015) which is $105,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,100 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Cornelius is 85% White, 6% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 8% other. 96% of the population are high school graduates, with 53% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

53% are married, 15% are divorced, 1% are separated, 4% are widowed, leaving 27% that have never been married.

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Mecklenburg County

Cornelius belongs to Mecklenburg County in the south western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III.

Every May, the county celebrates Meck Dec Day, the date of which is the claimed to be the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, possibly making Mecklenburg the earliest of the Thirteen Colonies to have declared its independence from Great Britain's rule.

 The county, a part of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area, has a population of 1,034,070, while its largest city Charlotte, which is also the county seat, has a population of 810,000.

Mecklenburg County borders Gaston, Lincoln, York (SC), Lancaster (SC), Union, Iredell, Catawba and Cabarrus counties.

Mecklenburg County is made up of 546 square miles. 524 of which is land with the remaining 22 as water.


The population of Cornelius, NC is about 25,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Cornelius, NC is 804 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Cornelius, NC is 28031.

Area Code

The area code for Cornelius, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Cornelius and Mecklenburg County have voted mostly Democrat, with 60% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 48% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 40% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 12%.


The unemployment rate for Cornelius is about 4% (2015), making it lower than the state average of around 5%. Retail, finance, technical services, and manufacturing make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Charlotte Observer, Cornelius Today, and Mecklenburg Times are the primary newspapers that cover the Mecklenburg County area.