Davidson

A walkable college town with many community events

Welcome to Davidson

Davidson, North Carolina, is a charming town home to a stunning assortment of amenities, from college sporting events and park-like public spaces to well-maintained scenic trails, a walkable downtown, and an eclectic culinary and retail scene. This highly sought-after suburb is located along the edge of Lake Norman, within Iredell and northern Mecklenburg County.
 
Tree-lined, leafy streets and pedestrian-friendly public paths have made Davidson one of North Carolina’s esteemed USA-designated Tree City and a bronze-level Walk Friendly Community.
 
Davidson is a historic location with beautifully classic downtown buildings and long-time annual events. From its wide selection of restaurants, shops, and cultural facilities to its 12 miles of bike lanes, greenways, and parks, Davidson has something to do for everyone. Residents and visitors alike will enjoy a unique culture, premier access to Lake Norman, and luxury amenities.
 

What to Love

  • Strong community
  • Rich in history and culture
  • Beautiful surrounding nature
  • Many local events
 

Local Lifestyle

One of Davidson’s most beloved aspects is its charming downtown with its wide selection of stores, diners, and historic properties. The town has a high walkability score, letting residents reach all their favorites with just a short walk. A welcoming, friendly atmosphere provides locals with plenty of opportunities for socialization and supporting neighbors, whether stopping into a locally-owned cafe or visiting a community restaurant for dinner. Residents and visitors alike will be charmed by Davidson's unique atmosphere and experiences.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Kindred serves American classics with a creative spin. The upscale restaurant provides a short but constantly changing menu with one-of-a-kind main dishes, appetizers, and desserts. Natural light and beautiful design create a stunning atmosphere, and the locale’s exceptional service only adds to the ambiance.
 
Since it opened its doors in 1951, the Soda Shop has become a favorite destination for locals, visitors, and students. One of the last of its kind, this unique shop creates an air of nostalgia and history.
 
Davidson Community Players is a local theater troupe enriching and entertaining the community with the arts. The troupe is best known for its creative and authentic productions, which take place six times over the season.
 
Davidson residents interested in sports head to Davidson College to watch the Wildcats play basketball. Rub elbows with other dedicated fans as you cheer this popular team to victory. Home games are played at John M. Belk Arena, a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue that can seat up to 4,200 people. 
 

Things to Do

Start the holiday season off right by attending Christmas in Davidson, a three-day festival hosted the week after Thanksgiving. This long-awaited event attracts more than 30,000 attendees every year, making it one of Davidson’s biggest draws. The event’s air of warmth, excitement, and community unity makes it an unparalleled, memorable weekend. Enjoy trolley rides, shopping, a live Nativity scene, Santa visits, live entertainment, a Giving Tree Village, and more.
 
The Davidson Farmer’s Market is Lake Norman’s leading market, where more than 35 vendors sell fresh, local, and healthy fare to over 1,300 shoppers each week. The market also boasts educational programs, music, seasonal events, and cooking demonstrations.
 
Davidson Ghost Walk Tour is a 90-minute walk along a 1.8-mile path through downtown, beginning at Davidson Green. Participants will dive into the town’s spooky past as they learn about ghostly legends entertained with local history.
 
Foodies flock to the Davidson Tour De Food, a one-of-a-kind tour exploring the best cuisine the town offers. Mixing history and architecture with independently owned, local eateries, the tour is a great way to learn about the town’s culture and experience a selection of restaurants.
 
Elegant and relaxing, River Run Country Club has some of the finest club facilities in the city. The club features tennis courts, a fitness facility, a swimming pool, and restaurants serving flavorsome dishes. Robert Walker and Ray Floyd designed the club’s 18-hole, championship-level golf course, and residents have access to numerous tournaments, leagues, and private instructors.
 

Schools

Davidson is home to a broad range of top-rated schools, from first-rate colleges to prestigious private schools.
 
 
 

Overview for Davidson, NC

21,458 people live in Davidson, where the median age is 39.5 and the average individual income is $62,456. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

21,458

Total Population

39.5 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$62,456

Average individual Income

Around Davidson, NC

There's plenty to do around Davidson, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

3
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
7
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Cookies with an Accent, Perfect Form Pilates, and TorchBearer Tachyon.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.2 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.74 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.56 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.62 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.53 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Nightlife 4.53 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Davidson, NC

Davidson has 7,435 households, with an average household size of 2.67. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Davidson do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 21,458 people call Davidson home. The population density is 915.92 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

21,458

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

39.5

Median Age

49.59 / 50.41%

Men vs Women

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
7,435

Total Households

2.67

Average Household Size

$62,456

Average individual Income

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Schools in Davidson, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Davidson. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Davidson K-8 School
PUBLIC
K - 7th
5/5
Lake Norman Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Community School of Davidson
PUBLIC
K - 12th
5/5
Davidson Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Davidson Green School
PRIVATE
K - 7th
No rating available
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