Huntersville, North Carolina
|Coordinates: 35°24′38″N 80°50′34″W / 35.41056°N 80.84278°WCoordinates: 35°24′38″N 80°50′34″W / 35.41056°N 80.84278°W|
|Named for||Robert Hunter|
|• Mayor||Melinda Bales|
|• Total||41.55 sq mi (107.62 km2)|
|• Land||41.34 sq mi (107.08 km2)|
|• Water||0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)|
|Elevation||810 ft (250 m)|
|• Rank||15th in North Carolina|
|• Density||1,484.56/sq mi (573.20/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||704, 980|
|GNIS feature ID||987260|
Huntersville is a large suburban town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States. A part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, the population was 61,376 at the 2020 census, making Huntersville the 15th largest municipality in North Carolina. It is located 14 mi (23 km) north of Charlotte.
Originally named Craighead, the town was renamed to honor Robert Boston Hunter, a local cotton farmer and land owner.
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) is land and 0.03% is water.
Huntersville is located 14 miles north of uptown Charlotte.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||7,203||11.74%|
|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.
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.
Despite the rapid growth and 9,171 households, and 6,859 families as of 2010, crime remained relatively low.
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.
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.
The Carolina Renaissance Festival operates Saturdays and Sundays in October and November.
Huntersville and the surrounding area is served by the North County Regional branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg 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 and two Semi-Private courses; Skybrook Golf Club and Birkdale Golf Course.
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 Commissioner candidates and the six candidates receiving the highest number of votes are elected.
The current Mayor and Town Board after the November 2, 2021 election: Mayor Melinda Bales and Commissioners Stacy Phillips, Amber Kovacs, Dan Boone, Derek Partee, Rob Kidwell, and Lance Munger. Stacy Phillips received the highest number of votes for commissioner with 3,715 and is the current Mayor Pro Tem.
School age children in Huntersville attending public schools are part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system.
The town is served by six weekly newspapers, including "The Herald Citizen."
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." in northern Mecklenburg County. 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.
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.