Cornelius – Small community living with big city flair

One of the fastest growing communities in the Lake Norman region, Cornelius retains its small town feel, while offering a strong sense of community for residents and businesses alike.  Located on the southeast corner of Lake Norman, the “living at the lake” lifestyle has drawn not just part time vacation home owners, but a large community of people who want to make the lake their permanent residence.

Founded in 1893 and incorporated in 1905, the Town of Cornelius sits in northern Mecklenburg County.  A short 20 mile drive to Uptown Charlotte and all of its entertainment, dining, and recreational offerings.   But, with championship golf, and a wide variety of retail, Cornelius is definitely a destination in its own right.

Opening in the spring of 2016, Cornelius is home to the only public beach in Mecklenburg County.  With more than 70 miles of lakefront property located within its boundaries, you are never far from the water.

A growing number of micro-breweries, restaurants covering the full range of cuisines, bakeries, and specialty food shops call the community home.  With dining options like this, it’s also good to know that the options for staying in shape at one of the communities 10 public parks and a number of local fitness oriented businesses are growing as well.


The schools in Cornelius boast some of the best educational opportunities in the state.  Whether it be in the highly rated public schools that are a part of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools or at a number of high quality charter and private institutions.


While many residents commute to Charlotte and other destinations across the region, Cornelius has a thriving small and midsized business marketplace, offering a wide variety of employment opportunities in almost any field of work.


While Lake Norman tends to dominate most of the outdoor entertainment options, Cornelius is home to championship golf, world class dining, and a variety of other entertainment options not usually found in communities of its size.

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