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Very nice area. Mainly suited to middle class families. Davidson college is downtown and has a beautiful campus with frequent events occurring. Downtown there are restaurants, stores, gyms, etc. It is minutes away from Lake Norman. It is about a 30 minute drive from downtown Charlotte. Overall, a lovely place to live or attend University.
My experience living in Davidson, NC has been a positive one. I like the small town atmosphere with uptown Charlotte only 15 minutes away. It is also a bonus being so close to Lake Norman.
All of the people in the newer developments are usually transplants from all over the country. They also tend to be well off families who came from big cities or more crowded suburbs. Keeping with stereotypes, everyone is very fit and healthy. All of the local gyms are always busy and plenty of people run or walk around the neighborhood in the evening. Unfortunately, the south also keeps to its stereotypes. Most of the people at the gym are those who have transplanted from else where. Almost no groceries have healthy options for purchase, like whole grain breads or lean hot dogs. Walmart or other international chains are the best bets for finding healthy options.