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Cornelius, North Carolina

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What It Is Like to Retire in Cornelius

Cornelius is a fast growing town of 25,000 that is north of Charlotte. Although it is used as suburb to that city, many people live here, either to work or for retirement. The population doubled between 2000 and 2010. Cornelius is located beside Lake Norman in Mecklenburg County. Photo of Cornelius branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County courtesy of Wikipedia and PLCMC, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Where to Retire in Cornelius and Home Prices

There are several active communities in the area.  The median price of a home was $469,196 in mid-2023, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Cornelius

Lake Norman is one of the big attractions, as is being close to the big Charlotte Metro area.

What Is Not Special about Cornelius

High cost of living, and winters are cool, with the average January temperature only about 40 degrees.

Who Will Like Retirement in Cornelius

Those that like living on or nearby a lake with fishing, and boating, and enjoy the outdoors all four seasons, would like living in Cornelius.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Finance, Insurance and Manufacturing

Climate and Physical Environment

Cornelius is in central North Carolina and near the South Carolina border.  The average January temperature is 40 and the average July temperature is 80.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Cornelius has several parks and there is Lake Norman for recreation, but for the cultural scene it's best you head to Charlotte.


The crime rate is about 1/3 the national average.

Medical facilities

Huntersville Medical Center is 6 miles away, and nearby Charlotte offers all types of medical facilities.


Both Amtrak and Charlotte Douglas International Airport are about 20 miles away.

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