Lake Norman / Cornelius

corneliusCornelius is Mecklenburg County’s youngest town, incorporated in 1905. Although the Town was originally incorporated as ‘Liverpool’, the Town’s name was soon changed to Cornelius to honor J.B. Cornelius who was the principal stockholder in the area’s cotton mill. Cornelius has a population today of nearly 25,000.

Business Week (September 2009) reported recently on their list of America’s Top 10 Affordable Suburbs

Among the top 10 are 2 Charlotte area communities that have long become synonymous with affordable housing, great lifestyle, and easy access to Charlotte and it’s many activities. Cornelius, located 30 miles north of Charlotte on the shores of Lake Norman, was listed at number 7, and Fort Mill, just 22 minutes south of the city across the South Carolina border, came in at number 10.

These two great towns are recognized for their cost of living, lifestyle, schools, and the strength of their local economies. Business Week evaluated suburbs on a variety of factors but weighted affordability most heavily. They also considered lifestyle, that is, short commutes, clean air, low crime, good weather and green space, the quality of schools and the strength of the local economy.

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