Huntersville, NC

Huntersville, situated in Mecklenburg County, is a small town made up of 31.2 square miles.

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April 13, 2018

The town was originally known as Craighead, and was incorporated in 1873. 

Huntersville NC is within Mecklenburg County just north of Charlotte on Lake Norman. Almost 50,000 people live in this NASCAR capital, or so it has been labeled. Named one of SafeWise's 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina (2014), Huntersville has seen rapid growth since 1990, when the population was about 3,000. It's location near Charlotte and the popular Lake Norman make Huntersville NC a prime area for living. 

The town of Huntersville NC was established in 1873, and grew with the railroad, cotton fields, and textile mills. The Virgin Manufacturing Company as one of the first cotton mills to break ground in the town.  

The Battle of Cowan's Ford, the last one of the Revolution fought in the county, took place in Huntersville on February 1, 1781. Actually, the location of the battle is under the lake.

Each year the Carolina Renaissance Festival, among the largest in America, is held in Huntersville during the months of October and November.

Many international and national companies call Huntersville NC home. From Ribbermaid, SABIC Innovative Plastics, and Pactiv Corporation to Duke Power, American Tire, and Joe Gibbs Racing.

Huntersville (the first town on Lake Norman) and several other area towns have organized to create the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation, contributing to the rapid growth. Their overall goal is to encourage new business in the area.

Duke Energy built a dam on the Catawba River and the Cowans Ford Dam in 1963, thus creating the 34-mile-long Lake Norman (named for a Duke Power president). Sometimes called the "inland sea" this is the largest of all man-made lakes in North Carolina. The lake provides electricity via a hydroelectric station at the Cowans Ford dam, McGuire Nuclear Station, and Marshall Steam Station. It also provides water to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district, Davidson, Mooresville, and Lincoln County.

Along with the NASCAR environment, Lake Norman is the biggest draw in Huntersville NC. With more than 500 miles of shoreline and access to Mountain Island Lake, residents enjoy everything from water skiing, fishing and swimming to boating, canoeing and camping.

The Historic Latta Plantation, a 1,200-acre nature preserve, is an excellent location for outdoors enthusiasts. Hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding are popular amongst the locals. The Carolina Raptor Center and Equestrian Center also make up the Preserve.

Huntersville NC's annual "Loch" Norman Highland Games are an annual event celebrating Scottish heritage. And the Arnold Palmer Birkdale Golf Club, Northstone Country Club, and Skybrook Golf Club are perfect for your golfers.

Rural Hill, the Hugh Torance House and Store, Blythe Homestead, Caldwell Station School, Holly Bend, Ingleside, Alexandria, The Bradford Farm and Store, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Torrence-Lytle School, Oak Lawn, Erwin-Oehler House, McAuley Road Farmland, and Cedar Grove are other area attractions, properties and historic sites you'll want to visit while in Huntersville NC.


The median resident age in Huntersville is 37 years. The median estimated household income is about $90,000 making it about $42,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $40,000. The average price for a home in Huntersville is about $276,000 (2015) which is $116,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,000 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Huntersville is 78% White, 10% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 10% other. 95% of the population are high school graduates, with 16% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 63% are married, 9% are divorced, 1% are separated, 3% are widowed, leaving 24% that have never been married.

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Mecklenburg County

Huntersville 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 Huntersville, NC is about 46,770. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding, with a large increase since the 1980s.


The elevation of Huntersville, NC is 827 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Huntersville, NC are 28070 and 28078.

Area Code

The area codes for Huntersville, NC are 704 and 980.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Huntersville and Mecklenburg County have voted mostly Democrat, with 61% 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 unafiliated (Nones). About 41% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 11%.


The unemployment rate for Huntersville is about 4% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, finance, and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Mecklenburg Times and The Charlotte Observer are the primary newspapers that cover the Mecklenburg County area.


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