Cornelius is a beautiful lakefront town located along the eastern shore of Lake Norman, between Davidson and Huntersville. Just 20 miles north of Charlotte, the town is conveniently located on I-77 and has a population of about 30,000 residents. Cornelius has seen tremendous growth in the past few decades, and is a wonderful place to live in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. 


Cornelius is named for J.B. Cornelius, who funded the first full cotton mill in the town so that farmers wouldn’t have to travel to Davidson in order to do business. The town was founded in 1893 and officially incorporated into Mecklenburg County in 1905. With the construction of the Cowans Ford Dam completed in 1964 by Duke Power and the resulting creation of Lake Norman came huge growth in the town. Lake Norman boasts 520 miles of shoreline, creating an abundance of opportunities for waterfront property and recreation. As the downtown business district of Cornelius continues to thrive, the welcoming atmosphere of the town is still very much present.

Lifestyle & Area Attractions

Cornelius’ unique location along Lake Norman creates a fun, active atmosphere to live in. From endless waterfront activities, to live music at Old Town Public House, or even catching a stand-up show at the Lake Norman Comedy Zone, Cornelius has something to offer for everyone. As the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas, Lake Norman has a plethora of activities: boating, fishing, swimming, paddling, and so much more. There are numerous marinas and paddlesport companies that make renting watercraft convenient and affordable. Jetton Park and Ramsey Creek Park are great places to relax on the beach, have a lakeside picnic, or play volleyball. Lakefront dining options are also plentiful; Port City Club and Hello, Sailor are just a few of Lake Norman’s fantastic waterfront restaurants.

For those looking to get in touch with their creative side, the Cornelius Arts Center hosts multiple events to showcase local artists’ work and offers art classes for all ages. With the city of Charlotte just a short drive away thanks to the recent completion of the I-77 Express Lanes, a Carolina Panthers or Charlotte Hornets game makes for a fun afternoon or evening activity. To round out the North Carolina sports experience, the Charlotte Motor Speedway is located in Concord, just a 30 minute drive away. In fact, Cornelius is the preferred home base of several NASCAR drivers and team headquarters. These are just a few of the many perks that come with calling the town of Cornelius, North Carolina home.

General Information

Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Schools is home to 32 high schools, 46 middle schools, and 113 elementary schools. There are also a number of private schools nearby, such as Davidson Day School, Davidson Green School, Grace Covenant Academy Christian School, and many more. Belmont Abbey College, Davidson College, Johnson & Wales University Charlotte, Queens University, and Catawba College are all excellent private universities within driving distance of Cornelius. Public colleges situated nearby include the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Gaston College, and several community colleges.

Cornelius is home to job opportunities across various industries, including IT, healthcare, education, finance, retail, and more. Some top IT employers in the town include Mastech Digital, Patni Computer Systems, and Collabera. Atrium Health and Novant Health provide many jobs in the medical field in neighboring towns such as Davidson, Huntersville, and the city of Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools also provides many employment opportunities in education, as well as the many nearby colleges and universities, such as Davidson. Other companies in the area include PNC Financial Services Group, Fifth Third Bank, Aquesta Bank, and much more.

Fun Facts

In 2013, Michael Jordan, former NBA all star and owner of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team, purchased a lakefront home at Jetton Park in Cornelius. The home is also located on the Peninsula golf course and features 6 bedrooms, a luxurious pool, and a private dock on Lake Norman. Cornelius is also home to multiple NASCAR teams, one notable team being Michael Waltrip Racing.


School Name Primary Phone E-Mail
Albemarle Road Elementary 980-343-6414 albemarlerdelem
Allenbrook Elementary School 980-343-6004 allenbrookelem
Ashley Park Pre K-8 School 980-343-6018 ashleyparkelem
Bain Elementary School 980-343-6915 bainelem
Ballantyne Elementary School 980-343-0413 ballantyneelem
Barnette Elementary School 980-343-0372 barnetteelem
Berewick Elementary School 980-344-1010 berewickelem
Berryhill School 980-343-6100 berryhillelem
Beverly Woods Elementary School 980-343-3627 beverlywoodselem
Billingsville Elementary School 980-343-5520 billingsvilleelem
Blythe Elementary School 980-343-5770 blytheelem
Briarwood Academy 980-343-6475 briarwoodelem
Bruns Avenue Elementary 980-343-5495 brunselem
Chantilly Montessori School 980-343-0692 chantillyelem
Charles H. Parker Academic Center 980-343-5533 barringerelem
Charlotte East Language Academy 980-343-0380
Clear Creek Elementary School 980-343-6922 clearcreekelem
Collinswood Language Academy 980-343-5820 collinswoodk-8
Cornelius Elementary School 980-343-3905 corneliuselem
Cotswold Elementary School 980-343-6720 cotswoldelem
Croft Community School 980-343-0370 croftcommunity
Crown Point Elementary School 980-343-6535 crownpointelem
David Cox Road Elementary School 980-343-6540 davidcoxroadelem
Davidson K-8 980-343-3900 davidsonelem
Devonshire Elementary School 980-343-6445 devonshireelem
Dilworth Elementary School: Latta Campus 980-343-2240 dilworthelem
Dilworth Elementary School: Sedgefield Campus 980-343-5826 sedgefieldelem
Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology 980-343-0030
Druid Hills Academy 980-343-5515 druidhillselem
Eastover Elementary School 980-343-5505 eastoverelem
Elizabeth Lane Elementary School 980-343-5700 elizabethlaneelem
Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School 980-343-5475 elizabethtraditionalelem
Elon Park Elementary School 980-343-1440 elonparkelem
Endhaven Elementary School 980-343-5436 endhavenelem
First Ward Creative Arts Academy 980-343-5485 firstwardelem
Governors’ Village STEM Academy (Lower) 980-343-5268 nathanielalexanderelem
Governors’ Village STEM Academy (Upper) 980-343-5775 moreheadk8
Grand Oak Elementary School 980-343-2063 grandoakelem
Greenway Park Elementary School 980-343-5060 greenwayparkelem
Hawk Ridge Elementary School 980-343-5927 hawkridgeelem
Hickory Grove Elementary School 980-343-6464 hickorygroveelem
Hidden Valley Elementary School 980-343-6810 hiddenvalleyelem
Highland Creek Elementary School 980-343-1065 highlandcreekelem
Highland Mill Montessori Elementary School 980-343-5525 highlandmill
Highland Renaissance Academy 980-343-5511 highlandrenaissance
Hornets Nest Elementary School 980-343-6110 hornetsnestelem
Huntersville Elementary School 980-343-3835 huntersvilleelem
Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School 980-343-3625 huntingtownefarmselem
Idlewild Elementary School 980-343-6411 idlewildelem
Irwin Academic Center 980-343-5480 irwinacademiccenter
J.H. Gunn Elementary School 980-343-6477 jhgunnelem
J.V. Washam Elementary School 980-343-1071 washamelem
Joseph W. Grier Academy 980-343-5671 grieracademy
Lake Wylie Elementary School 980-343-3680 lakewylieelem
Lansdowne Elementary School 980-343-6733 lansdowneelem
Lawrence Orr Elementary School 980-343-9919 lawrenceorrelem
Lebanon Road Elementary School 980-343-3640 lebanonrdelem
Long Creek Elementary School 980-343-6095 longcreekelem
Mallard Creek Elementary School 980-343-3980 mallardcreekelem
Marie G. Davis 980-343-0006
Matthews Elementary School 980-343-3940 matthewselem
McAlpine Elementary School 980-343-3750 mcalpineelem
McKee Road Elementary School 980-343-3970 mckeerdelem
Merry Oaks International Academy 980-343-6422 merryoakselem
Montclaire Elementary 980-343-3635 montclaireelem
Mountain Island Lake Academy 980-343-6948 mountainisland
Myers Park Traditional Elementary School 980-343-5522 myersparktraditionalelem
Nations Ford Elementary School 980-343-5838 nationsfordelem
Newell Elementary School 980-343-6820 newellelem
North Academy of World Languages 980-343-0743 lydia.fergison
Oakdale Elementary School 980-343-6076 oakdaleelem
Oakhurst STEAM Academy 980-343-6482 oakhurstelem
Oaklawn Language Academy 980-343-0400 oaklawnelem
Olde Providence Elementary School 980-343-3755 oldeprovidenceelem
Palisades Park Elementary 980-343-9895 palisadesparkelem
Park Road Montessori School 980-343-5830 parkrdmont
Parkside Elementary School 980-343-9915 parksideelem
Paw Creek Elementary School 980-343-6088 pawcreekelem
Pineville Elementary School 980-343-3920 pinevilleelem
Pinewood Elementary School 980-343-5825 pinewoodelem
Piney Grove Elementary School 980-343-6470 pineygroveelem
Polo Ridge Elementary School 980-343-0749 poloridgeelem
Providence Spring Elementary School 980-343-6935 providencespring
Rama Road Elementary School 980-343-6730 ramardelem
Rea Farms STEAM Academy (980) 343-0723
Reedy Creek Elementary School 980-343-6480 reedycreekelem
Reid Park Academy 980-343-5035 reidparkelem
Renaissance West STEAM Academy 980-343-0049 renaissancewest
River Gate Elementary School 980-344-1000 rivergateelem
River Oaks Academy 980-344-1020 riveroaksacad
Selwyn Elementary School 980-343-5835 selwynelem
Shamrock Gardens Elementary School 980-343-6440 shamrockgardenselem
Sharon Elementary School 980-343-6725 sharonelem
Smithfield Elementary School 980-343-6550 smithfieldelem
South Academy of International Languages (S.A.I.L.) 980-343-5815 waddellacademy
South Pine Academy 980-343-0765 p483
Starmount Academy of Excellence 980-343-3630 starmountacademy
Statesville Road Elementary School 980-343-6815 statesvillerdelem
Steele Creek Elementary School 980-343-3810 steelecreekelem
Sterling Elementary School 980-343-3636 sterlingelem
Stoney Creek Elementary School 980-344-1030 stoneycreekelem
Thomasboro Academy 980-343-6000 thomasboroelem
Torrence Creek Elementary School 980-343-0695 torrencecreekelem
Trillium Springs Montessori School 980-343-9442 trilliumspringsmont
Tuckaseegee Elementary School 980-343-6055 tuckaseegeeelem
University Meadows Elementary School 980-343-3685 universitymeadowselem
University Park Creative Arts School 980-343-5178 universityparkelem
Villa Heights Elementary 980-343-3666 villaheightselem
Walter G. Byers School 980-343-6940 byerselem
Westerly Hills Academy 980-343-6021 westerlyhillselem
Whitewater Academy 980-343-0003 whitewateracademy
Winding Springs Elementary School 980-343-5140 windingspringselem
Windsor Park Elementary School 980-343-6405 windsorparkelem
Winget Park Elementary School 980-343-1063 wingetparkelem
Winterfield Elementary School 980-343-6400 winterfieldelem
School Name Primary Phone E-Mail
Albemarle Road Middle School 980-343-6420 albemarlerdmiddle
Alexander Graham Middle School 980-343-5810 alexandergrahammiddle
Ashley Park Pre K-8 School 980-343-6018 ashleyparkelem
Bailey Middle School 980-343-1068 baileymiddle
Berryhill School 980-343-6100 berryhillelem
Carmel Middle School 980-343-6705 carmelmiddle
Chantilly Montessori School 980-343-0692 chantillyelem
Cochrane Collegiate Academy 980-343-6460 cochranemiddle
Collinswood Language Academy 980-343-5820 collinswoodk-8
Community House Middle School 980-343-0689 communityhousemiddle
Coulwood STEM Academy 980-343-6090 coulwoodmiddle
Crestdale Middle School 980-343-5755 crestdalemiddle
Davidson K-8 980-343-3900 davidsonelem
Druid Hills Academy 980-343-5515 druidhillselem
Eastway Middle School 980-343-6410 eastwaymiddle
Francis Bradley Middle School 980-343-5750 bradleymiddle
Governors’ Village STEM Academy (Upper) 980-343-5775 moreheadk8
J.M. Alexander Middle School 980-343-3830 alexandermiddle
James Martin Middle School 980-343-5382 martinmiddle
Jay M. Robinson Middle School 980-343-6944 jrobinsonmiddle
John Taylor Williams Secondary Montessori 980-343-0040 williamsmontessori
Kennedy Middle School 980-343-5540 kennedymiddle
Marie G. Davis 980-343-0006
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School 980-343-0698 martinlutherkingmiddle
McClintock Middle School 980-343-6425 mcclintockmiddle
Mint Hill Middle School 980-343-5439 minthillmiddle
Mountain Island Lake Academy 980-343-6948 mountainisland
North Academy of World Languages 980-343-0743 lydia.fergison
Northeast Middle School 980-343-6920 northeastmiddle
Northridge Middle School 980-343-5015 northridgemiddle
Northwest School of the Arts 980-343-5500 northwesthigh
Oaklawn Language Academy 980-343-0400 oaklawnelem
Piedmont Middle School 980-343-5435 piedmontopenmiddle
Quail Hollow Middle School 980-343-3620 quailhollowmiddle
Randolph Middle School 980-343-6700 randolphmiddle
Ranson Middle School 980-343-6800 ransonmiddle
Rea Farms STEAM Academy (980) 343-0723
Renaissance West STEAM Academy 980-343-0049 renaissancewest
Ridge Road Middle School 980-344-3410 ridgerdmiddle
Sedgefield Middle School 980-343-5840 sedgefieldmiddle
South Academy of International Languages (S.A.I.L.) 980-343-5815 waddellacademy
South Charlotte Middle School 980-343-3670 southcharlottemiddle
Southwest Middle School 980-343-5006 southwestmiddle
Thomasboro Academy 980-343-6000 thomasboroelem
Walter G. Byers School 980-343-6940 byerselem
WhiteWater Middle School 980-344-3400 whitewatermiddle
Wilson STEM Academy 980-343-6070 wilsonstemms
School Name Primary Phone E-Mail
Ardrey Kell High School 980-343-0860 ardreykellhigh
Butler High School 980-343-6300 butlerhigh
Cato Middle College High School 980-343-1452 catohigh
Charlotte Engineering Early College 980-343-9898 charlotteengineeringec
Charlotte Teacher Early College 980-343-9898 ctec
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Virtual High School 980-343-3066 cmvhs
East Mecklenburg High School 980-343-6430 eastmeckhigh
Garinger High School 980-343-6450 garingerhigh
Harding University High School 980-343-6007 hardinguniversityhigh
Harper Middle College High School 980-343-0012 harperhigh
Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences 980-343-6011 hawthornehigh
Hopewell High School 980-343-5988 hopewellhigh
Independence High School 980-343-6900 independencehigh
John Taylor Williams Secondary Montessori 980-343-0040 williamsmontessori
Julius L. Chambers High School 980-343-5284 vancehigh
Levine Middle College High 980-343-9437 levinehigh
Mallard Creek High School 980-343-1341 mallardcreekhigh
Merancas Middle College @ CPCC 980-343-0035 mmchs
Military and Global Leadership Academy 980-343-6011 mgla.mgd
Myers Park High School 980-343-5800 myersparkhigh
North Mecklenburg High School 980-343-3840 northmeckhigh
Northwest School of the Arts 980-343-5500 northwesthigh
Olympic High School 980-343-3800 olympichigh
Performance Learning Center 980-343-1118 plc
Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology 980-343-5992 BerryAcadTech
Providence High School 980-343-5390 providencehigh
Rocky River High School 980-344-0409 rockyriverhigh
South Mecklenburg High School 980-343-3600 southmeckhigh
West Charlotte High School 980-343-6060 westcharlottehigh
West Mecklenburg High School 980-343-6080 westmeckhigh
William Amos Hough High School 980-344-0514 houghhigh
School Name Primary Phone E-Mail
Turning Point Academy 980-343-5231 turningpoint
School Name Primary Phone E-Mail
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Academy 980-343-0680 charlottemeckacademy
Metro School 980-343-5450 metroschool