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Lake Norman

Welcome to Lake Norman

An endearing city with spectacular waterfront views and impressive amenities
As a flourishing city situated 20 miles north of Charlotte, Lake Norman exudes charm, beauty, and fun. When strolling through the downtown area, it is easy to see why the locals love living in Lake Norman. Unique boutique shopping, eclectic art galleries, and exciting and appealing restaurants abound in this delightful community.

Plus, the wonders of nature surround this lovely city with plenty of fishing, boating, hiking, and biking opportunities. With over 500 miles of shoreline, Lake Norman is the largest manufactured lake in North Carolina, making it a highly desirable place to live.

What to Love

  • Friendly and welcoming community with great neighborhoods
  • Massive shoreline of Lake Norman for numerous water sports
  • Superior boutique shopping opportunities throughout the area
  • Delectable dining options for discerning palates
  • Abundant recreational activities year-round

Local Lifestyle

When residents are not out on Lake Norman boating, skiing, fishing, or kayaking, you will probably find them strolling the charming downtown streets. Plenty of cafes, restaurants, and shopping for the entire family line the streets.

The Lake Norman community hosts numerous events throughout the year for residents and visitors, including festivals, parades, and cultural tours. If communing with nature is a priority for you, frequent visits to one of the local parks or even a nature preserve may become part of your everyday routine.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Local dining establishments take advantage of the tremendous views of Lake Norman. Enjoy an evening with friends while savoring delicious seafood, house-made salads, and crab cakes at Toucan’s Lakefront Restaurant. The expert mixologists provide unique, masterfully crafted drink combinations and a wide selection of wine, beer, and more. For some of the freshest seafood available, dine at Eddie’s on Lake Norman. From lobster to snow crab legs to oysters and fish, you will be delighted with the quality and selection available on their extensive menu. Take in the magnificent view of Lake Norman while sipping a mixed drink or craft beer from the vast drinks menu.
If you are looking for a unique dining destination, eat at the North Harbor Club. On each visit, you will see exciting decorative items like historic boats hanging from the ceiling and large maritime items throughout this fun and exuberant restaurant. Be sure to ride your boat to the restaurant for lunch or dinner and take advantage of their nine boat slips available for patrons. Experience the beauty of Lake Norman while enjoying a mouth-watering steak or fresh-caught seafood at the Port City Club. The menu comprises made-from-scratch items using only the finest ingredients. The only thing more impressive than the food is the spectacular waterfront views.

Things to Do

Mountain biking enthusiasts go to Lake Norman State Park to experience one of the region’s most highly rated mountain biking trails. With over 30 miles of single-track trail, you will want to revisit this trail system multiple times. Lake Norman State Park is known for peaceful fishing areas, paddling, swimming, and easy beach access. Add the Lake Norman Lighted Boat Parade to your calendar each December. Beginning at Blythe Landing, follow the parade to its final destination at the Duke EnergyExplorium and enjoy the expertly decorated boats lining the shores.
Be sure to attend the annual Laketober Fest Music and Brew Festival for a fun and festive way to enjoy the Lake Norman community. Listen to live music, sample offerings from local food trucks, and sip from various local North Carolina brews. For a more refined event, mark your calendar for the Lake Norman Art and Culture Tour. Wander through the art district and visit an abundant selection of art, including sculpture, folk art, photography, and more, at this popular attraction.


Lake Norman is proudly served by the Iredell-Statesville school district. Some of their fine schools are:


Overview for Lake Norman, NC

212,174 people live in Lake Norman, where the median age is 43 and the average individual income is $52,484. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

43 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Lake Norman, NC

Lake Norman has 83,272 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Lake Norman do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 212,174 people call Lake Norman home. The population density is 1,603.664 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.77 / 51.23%

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Schools in Lake Norman, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Lake Norman. 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.
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