Alamance County

Elon University is located in the beautifully historic Alamance County. Burlington, the city adjacent to the town of Elon, features Alamance Crossing, a large outdoor shopping mall, a variety of restaurants and the beautiful Lake Mackintosh, an 1100-acre lake with canoeing, paddleboats and outdoor picnic facilities, just minutes from campus. It is home to the Burlington City Park Carousel, a handcrafted menagerie carousel built in the early 1900s by the Dentzel Carousel Company and featuring hand-carved animals. The county also includes historical sites, such as the Alamance Battleground and the WWII Homefront Museum.

The Company Shops Market, a co-op grocery store in downtown Burlington, supplies the community with fresh, local food products. Just a short ride from Elon’s campus, the co-op is open seven days a week and features an organic coffee bar and fresh sushi. Closer to campus, the Mediterranean Deli serves fresh, locally sourced mediterranean food to the Elon community. It features more than 70 salads, spreads and baked goods, many of which are vegan and gluten free.

Other shopping opportunities include Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, a newly renovated indoor shopping mall with a variety of restaurants, retail stores and events. The first and only indoor shopping mall in the county, Holly Hill is located just minutes from campus. Also nearby are the Tanger Outlets in Mebane, with more than 75 outlet stores and restaurants.

Three of the public elementary schools in the county offer Spanish language immersion programs, Elon, Smith and South Graham Elementary School. With the help of Splash! Language Immersion, several schools have established where all instruction is given in Spanish by native speaking teachers.

Local farms and wineries provide opportunities for community members to pick their own fresh fruits and enjoy some of the local wine the county has to offer.

To learn more about Alamance County, head to the Alamance County Visitors Bureau website, which includes a guide of various points of interest.

By the Numbers

  • Population: 159,688
  • Female: 52.5%
  • 18 years of age & older: 77.4%
  • Under 18 years of age: 22.6%
  • White: 64.6%
  • Black: 20.0%
  • Hispanic: 12.6%
  • Asian: 1.6%
  • American Indian & Alaska Native: 1.4%

For other demographic information, visit census.gov.

Triad to the Triangle

Just off the I-40 corridor, Elon’s location provides access to some of the state’s largest metropolitan areas, as well as numerous outdoor and leisure activities. A short distance to our west sit the triad cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point, and to the east Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh, the anchors of the triangle. With populations of 1.6 million and 1.7 million respectively, these areas contain renowned furniture factories, top golf courses, shopping opportunities and historic sites, as well as hiking, swimming and skiing opportunities. From the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh to Pilot Mountain, the 1,400 high climb just over an hour from campus, and Bennett Place, the site of the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War, the explorative, educational and experiential opportunities are numerous.

Map of North Carolina showing Elon's location in proximity to Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte.Feel free to follow the provided links to learn more about nearby areas that feature major athletic, cultural and family-focused events and opportunities within an hour’s drive of Elon’s campus.