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Overview

Introduction to Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson, North Carolina, in Mecklenburg county, is 16 miles W of Concord, North Carolina (center to center) and 18 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town is in the Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill area.

Davidson History

The community of Davidson was founded in 1837, which was the same year that the Presbyterian Davidson College was established. Both the town and the college were named in honor of the local Revolutionary War hero, Brigadier General William Lee Davidson. Throughout a major part of the 19th century, the area was a farming community. The town was incorporated in 1879 as "Davidson College," and the first cotton mill was established in 1890. In 1891, the name was changed to "Davidson" and the first bank was established in Davidson in 1903.

Davidson and Nearby Attractions

  • Paramount's Carowinds
  • Gaston County Museum of Art and History
  • Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary
  • Historic Rosedale Plantation
  • Lake Norman State Park
  • Davidson College Arboretum

Things To Do In Davidson

The Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary is a popular attraction in the area. Gaston County Museum of Art and History, Carolinas Aviation Museum, Schiele Museum, Discovery Place, and Historic Rural Hill Farm are some of the museums and historical sites nearby. Lake Norman State Park offers facilities for swimming, camping, boating, fishing, and hiking.

Davidson Transportation

Air transportation is available from Charlotte/ Douglas International Airport.

Davidson Higher Education

The town of Davidson is home to Davidson College. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Gaston College, and Central Piedmont Community College are among the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 11,765
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 11.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,509
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 48%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 66.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $135,905
% Above Poverty Level 94.3%
% Below Poverty Level 5.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 12.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,000
Median House Value $381,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 15.7%
Irish 16.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Davidson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles W of Concord, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Mecklenburg
Metro Area Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill
Standard Zip Codes 28035, 28036
Phone Area Codes 704
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.499
Longitude -80.848

Davidson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CONCORD
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Station SALISBURY 9 WNW
Distance 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 43.3 inches
Station GASTONIA
Distance 22.7 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cornelius 26,866 $100,653
Huntersville 50,433 $108,677
Kannapolis 44,520 $51,725
Landis 3,097 $49,344
Mooresville 34,930 $80,642
Troutman 2,476 $49,861

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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