Median Value of Owner Occupied Houses 1970, 1980 and 2010

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Town 1970 1980 2010
Davidson 87,740 119,954 459,000
Cornelius 162,773.40 196,600.00 294,586
Huntersville No data 118,530 261,639
Mooresville 60,510 83,484 208,450
Lincolnton 74,414.58 96,783.34 134,332
Troutman No data 94,532 134,549

*values are converted to 2014 dollars.

Data Source

U.S. Census of Housing 1970,1980, 2010: Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Lincolnton and Troutman. Log Into North Carolina.

Inflation adjustment tool

U.S. Inflation Calculator. 2014.

Population Growth Near Lake Norman

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Data Source:

U.S. Census of Population 1970,1980, 2010: Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Lincolnton and Troutman. Log Into North Carolina.



On Displacement:

The idea of Lake Norman began by Dr. W. Gill Wylie and William States Lee around the 1930’s as a way to revitalize the Southern Industry, but this idea came at the cost of displacing some of the areas’ original residents.

Prior to the building of Lake Norman, the Mecklenburg area was predominantly agricultural; containing small farms in what is now Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville. It was a held concept that the North Mecklenburg area, a type of soil bank for Mecklenburg County, could someday be developed. The idea and introduction of the lake injected growth for the area in concentrations that were unforeseen.

Farmers were forced to move as the introduction of the lake took over their livelihoods. Farmers were encouraged to sell their land in order to avoid “rumination of their crops and livestock” to be caused by the introduction of a future coal-burning plant expected to generate soot. Families that held land for generations were forced to sell their land to Duke Energy and look to live elsewhere. John Wally, a Lake Norman farmer, felt like “he was like a displaced person in a foreign land.” However, Duke power decided against the coal burning plant, and when community leaders asked if they can re-buy their land it was being sold at $1000 per acre, a price farmers deemed “crazy” leaving them no option but to wait for prices to decrease.

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Brotherton, Ken. Lake Norman–Piedmont History. Davidson, N.C. (138 Meadowbrook Lane, P.O. Box 62 Davidson 28036): K. Brotherton, 1993. Print.

Under the Demographic Change

The creation of Lake Norman has had significant impact on the demographics of the four counties surrounding the lake. In the following links we discuss demographic changes in Davidson, Cornelius, and Mooresville and document population growth trends, future development plans, and displacement .

Davidson and Cornelius 


Population Growth Trends 

Development Plans