The Town of Huntersville is one of three small towns in north Mecklenburg County. It lies along Interstate 77, just 12 miles north of Charlotte's center city and 20 minutes from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. It is within a 10-minute drive of Lake Norman, a major recreation area. Historically an agricultural community with a small textile mill and a modest commercial area along a north-south railroad spur, Huntersville remained insulated from metropolitan area growth until the late 1980s.
With the advent of the 1990s, growth exploded, resulting in a 728% population increase from 1990 to 2000. The 2010 census figure for the Town's population is 46,773. Our Extraterritorial Zoning Jurisdiction (ETJ) has an estimated additional 2,994 people. Town development regulations govern an area of approximately 64 square miles, which includes the corporate town limits and a large ETJ. Along with the towns of Davidson and Cornelius, its neighbors to the north, Huntersville has dramatically remodeled its development regulations following a multi-year process of public participation.