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Living in Davidson

The town of Davidson is the quintessential Southern lakeside suburb, complete with a quaint downtown, miles of shoreline and a nationally recognized university.

For years, Davidson residents have worked hard to maintain the small-town feel, even as the Charlotte region has grown up around it. Town ordinance prevents drive-throughs and requires good design, and Davidson leaders have invested in miles of greenway and open space.

The town shares its name with Davidson College, the selective campus that has graduated such notable North Carolinians as former Gov. Jim Martin, President Woodrow Wilson, author Patricia Cornwell and NBA champion Steph Curry.

But even though it’s a college town, the neighboring Lake Norman is also a major attraction. Davidson sports scores of move-in ready waterfront homes.


Population: 12,325

Commute distance to Uptown: 35 minutes

Median age: 35.9

Median household income: $120,659

Median home sales price: $406,000

Average rent: $1,095

Things to do in Davidson

Kindred. Arguably the Charlotte area’s top restaurant, Kindred is a locally owned gem. Be sure to try the milkbread. Details.

The Soda Shop. This old-timey attraction is a great place to grab lunch or dinner. Details.

Summit Coffee. An award-winning roaster that also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Details.

Davidson Farmers Market. The regionally significant market features only vendors from within a 100-mile radius. Details.

Davidson real estate

The town of Davidson offers a diverse mix of lakeside estates, stately inland single-family homes and townhomes that should satisfy any homebuyer looking to make this small town home.

There are also numerous undeveloped lots ready for your dream home.

Cover image by the town of Davidson