Davidson, North Carolina
Located 20 miles north of Charlotte, Davidson is a small college town with active and engaged citizens that are passionate about diversity and creating a real “sense of community”. Main Street is made up of wide sidewalks, shops, restaurants, and a town green where you can find festivals, croquet matches and outdoor concerts. Davidson College campus is host to The Arts and culture with music, theater, dance, art, films and lectures. Davidson community players offer a variety of productions in their permanent performance venue at the Armour Street Theater and at the Duke Family Performance Hall, located on the Davidson College campus. There are several events that take place in the town annually – April is for Arts, Christmas in Davidson, and a summer long series of concerts on the Town Green.
There are many parks, Davidson Lake and over 12 miles of greenways and bike lanes throughout town. Greenways are linear parks with pedestrian and bicycle paths connecting people and places. They encourage fitness, conserve open green space, and improve the town’s air quality. This is a great way to get the family out on bikes, rollerblades, scooters or just on foot. There is even an off leash dog park for your pooch to run, play and socialize in a safe fenced in area.
Development is different in Davidson by requiring public input sessions for all new developments. They follow new urbanist principles, and believe in the importance of good design. The town won the 2004 Smart Growth Award for Overall Excellence in town planning and design, and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association's "Great Main Street" Award in 2013.
The history of the town of Davidson is linked to Davidson College, which Opened in 1837, and was named for war hero General William Lee Davidson. The opening of the college predated the surrounding community and influenced its development. The tree-shaded campus filled with classical architecture distinguished Davidson from other communities. The sway of the school extended beyond the campus to the entire town, and continues to influence its commerce, culture, and character.
The 2013 property tax rate was $1.22 per one hundred dollars of assessed property value.