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Huntersville, North Carolina
Town of Huntersville
Downtown Huntersville
Downtown Huntersville
Location of Huntersville, North Carolina
Location of Huntersville, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Mecklenburg
Named for Robert Hunter
 • Total 41.30 sq mi (106.96 km2)
 • Land 41.09 sq mi (106.42 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)
810 ft (250 m)
 • Total 46,773
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,413.99/sq mi (545.94/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
28070, 28078
Area code(s) 704, 980
FIPS code 37-33120
GNIS feature ID 987260

Huntersville is a large suburban town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States. is a suburb of Charlotte and part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, the population was 46,773 at the 2010 census, and had increased to 58,098 according to the 2019 census annual estimate, making Huntersville the 16th largest municipality in North Carolina. It is located 14 mi (23 km) north of Charlotte.

Geography and the government

Huntersville is located at 35°24′34″N 80°51′49″W / 35.40944°N 80.86361°W / 35.40944; -80.86361 (35.409544, -80.863622).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total non-contiguous area of 31.2 square miles (81 km2), of which, 31.1 square miles (81 km2) of it is land and 0.03% is water.

The town is governed by an elected Mayor and a Board of Commissioners and elections are officially conducted on a non-partisan basis. Elections are held every two years with the Mayor and Commissioners being elected separately. There is no primary election for either Mayor or the Board of Commissioners. Voters are allowed to vote for up to six (6) Commissioner candidates and the six candidates receiving the highest number of votes are elected.

The current Mayor and Town Board after the November 3, 2015 election: Mayor John Aneralla; Commissioners Danny Phillips, Mark Gibbons, Rob Kidwell, Dan Boone, Charles Guignard, and Melinda Bales. Danny Phillips received the highest number of votes with 2,563.

The preceding Mayor and Town Board consisted of Mayor Jill Swain and Commissioners Melinda Bales, Ron Julian, Rob Kidwell, Sarah McAulay, Jeff Neely, and Danny Phillips. Melinda Bales received the highest number of votes in 2013 with 3,037.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 431
1900 533 23.7%
1910 591 10.9%
1920 833 40.9%
1930 800 −4.0%
1940 763 −4.6%
1950 916 20.1%
1960 1,004 9.6%
1970 1,538 53.2%
1980 1,294 −15.9%
1990 3,014 132.9%
2000 24,960 728.1%
2010 46,773 87.4%
2019 (est.) 58,098 24.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Huntersville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 42,816 69.76%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 7,203 11.74%
Native American 117 0.19%
Asian 2,545 4.15%
Pacific Islander 9 0.01%
Other/Mixed 2,740 4.46%
Hispanic or Latino 5,946 9.69%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 61,376 people, 20,074 households, and 14,960 families residing in the town.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 46,773 people, 9,171 households, and 6,859 families residing in the town. The population density was 801.4 people per square mile (309.4/km2). There were 9,859 housing units at an average density of 316.5 per square mile (122.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 88.42% White, 7.47% African American, 0.37% Native American, 1.50% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.06% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.88% of the population.

There were 9,171 households, out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.6% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 28.3% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 40.7% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $71,932, and the median income for a family was $80,821 (these figures had risen to $80,328 and $90,739 respectively as of a 2007.) Males had a median income of $53,553 versus $33,877 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,256. 3.1% of the population and 1.9% of families were below the poverty line.



Huntersville is one of three towns (the others are Cornelius and Davidson) located north of Charlotte, North Carolina, but still within Mecklenburg County. These three towns make up the area known as "North Meck." Express bus transportation and an interstate with HOV lanes that ends five miles south of Huntersville provide access to the downtown business areas of Charlotte, making Huntersville primarily a town of commuters.

Two exits from Interstate 77 serve Huntersville. Exit 23 (Gilead Road) connects the expressway with the original town. Exit 25 (North Carolina Highway 73, but most often referred to as Sam Furr Road) provides access to the Birkdale Village area and shopping, medical, and office complexes that have been built since the exit opened.

U.S. Highway 21 (Statesville Road) and North Carolina Highway 115 (Old Statesville Road) are the two main north–south arterial roads through the town. These two routes complement I-77 south to Charlotte and north to Mooresville and Statesville, which are both in adjacent Iredell County.


The town also is known recreationally as a lake community because of its proximity to Lake Norman, a large man-made lake created by Duke Power to serve the nuclear power plant, and Mountain Island Lake, a smaller man-made lake that is used as Charlotte's city water source and located along the southwest border of Huntersville. The lakes attract both boaters and water-skiers from several surrounding states. Huntersville is also home to one private golf course, NorthStone Country Club; two Semi-Private courses in Skybrook Golf Club; and Birkdale Golf Course. These two courses are owned and operated by the IRI group and are a part of the 6-course Carolina Trail where package deals are available.

NASCAR in Huntersville

Huntersville is headquarters to the NASCAR race shops of Joe Gibbs Racing, located in the Huntersville Business Park off I-77 exit 23. The shop currently operates four Sprint Cup Series teams: the #11 FedEx Toyota Camry, the #18 M&M's Toyota Camry, the #19 Subway Restaurants Toyota Camry and the #20 Dollar General Toyota Camry.


Huntersville is home to the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival, operating Saturdays and Sundays, in October and November.


Joe Gibbs Racing is based in Huntersville. The team has five NASCAR Cup Series drivers championships with Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch, and has won over 190 Cup races.


School age children in Huntersville attending public schools are part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system, but many educational options are available.

Elementary schools

  • Barnette Elementary
  • Huntersville Elementary
  • Legette Blythe Elementary
  • Torrence Creek Elementary
  • Grand Oak Elementary
  • Long Creek Elementary School
  • Hornets Nest Elementary School
  • Trillium Springs Montessori

Middle schools

  • Francis Bradley Middle
  • John M Alexander Middle
  • Bailey Middle

High schools

  • Hopewell High School
  • North Mecklenburg High School
  • William A. Hough High School

Charter schools

  • Lake Norman Charter School
  • Bonnie Cone Classical Academy

Private schools

  • Children's Community School
  • SouthLake Christian Academy
  • St Mark Catholic School
  • Christ the King Catholic High School
  • Cannon School

Post secondary

  • Central Piedmont Community College (Merancas Campus)

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