Cornelius, NC
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Cornelius is a medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 28,092 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Cornelius is the 35th largest community in North Carolina.

Cornelius real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Cornelius house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Cornelius is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.34% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cornelius is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Cornelius who work in management occupations (18.44%), sales jobs (16.93%), and office and administrative support (10.72%).

Of important note, Cornelius is also a town of artists. Cornelius has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Cornelius’s character.

Also of interest is that Cornelius has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.49% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

If knowledge is power, Cornelius is a pretty powerful place. 52.72% of the adults in Cornelius have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Cornelius in 2010 was $45,314, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $181,256 for a family of four. However, Cornelius contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Cornelius is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Cornelius home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cornelius residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cornelius include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Cornelius is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.