Matthews, North Carolina

Matthews is a town in southeastern Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. It is a suburb of Charlotte. The population was 27,198 according to the 2010 Census.

Matthews, North Carolina
Matthews Town Hall and library
Location of Matthews, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°7′1″N 80°42′59″W
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
  MayorPaul Bailey
  Town ManagerHazen Blodgett
  Total17.2 sq mi (45 km2)
  Land17.2 sq mi (45 km2)
745 ft (227 m)
  Density1,600/sq mi (610/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
28104, 28105
Area code(s)704
FIPS code3741960[2]
GNIS feature ID2406108[3]
WebsiteOfficial website


In the early 19th century, the early settlement that would become Matthews was unofficially named Stumptown for the copious amount of tree stumps left from making way for cotton farms. The community's name later changed to Fullwood, named after appointed area postmaster John Miles Fullwood. The establishment of a sawmill and the cotton and timber industry helped Fullwood change into a town. Prior to the first train arriving on December 15, 1874, Fullwood acted as a stagecoach stop between Charlotte and Monroe. The town was incorporated into a municipal corporation in 1879 and was renamed to Matthews for Edward Watson Matthews, a prominent resident, and director of the Central Carolina Railroad, which would later become known as the Seaboard Air Line Railroad.[4][5] The Seaboard Air Line Fell Into Seaboard On July 1st, 1967. Seaboard Then Merged With Chessie System To Create CSX (Chessie Seaboard X)


Matthews is located at 35°7′1″N 80°42′59″W (35.116851, 80.716409).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 17.2 square miles (45 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Est. 201832,635[1]20.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, there were 26,901 people, 11,349 households, and 7,904 families residing in the town. According to the Census Bureau of 2000, The population density was 1,557.1 people per square mile (601.2/km²). There were 138 housing units at an average density of 572.7 per square mile (221.1/km²). According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, The racial makeup of the town was 82.3% White, 10.1% African American or Black, .3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.7% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.8% of other race, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 7,904 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were Married/couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town, the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 19, 3.2% from 20 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 11% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.3 years.

The median income for a household in the town was $77,981, and the median income for a family was $88,600. Males had a median income of $65,909 versus $44,665 for females. The per capita income for the town was $35,250. About 2.8% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.


Matthews is in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. Schools include Matthews Elementary, Crown Point Elementary, and Elizabeth Lane Elementary; Crestdale Middle; David W. Butler High School. Public charter schools include Matthews Charter Academy and Socrates Academy. Religious schools nearby include Covenant Day School, Charlotte Christian School, Carmel Christian, Blessed Sacrament Academy, and Greyfriars Classical Academy.

Matthews is served by a branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.[7] The library is located on the first floor of the Matthews Town Hall and is one of the most active in the system.


Companies with headquarters in Matthews include:


Matthews is home to professional soccer club Stumptown Athletic, named after the suburbs nickname. It was founded in 2019 and plays in US Soccer's third division, the National Independent Soccer Association. It's home stadium is the 5,000 capacity Sportsplex at Matthews.

Sister cities

Matthews is twinned with:

Notable people


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