Market Profiles

Locals get the best of all worlds by having Elon and Gibsonville in the same immediate area.  Each has its own distinct personality.  The balance of these two characters provide something for one where the other is limited.

Elon: While the Elon marketplace is young and hip, it is also “seasonal”.  In fact, some of Elon’s businesses operate exclusively on student traffic.  This market reality is supported by town demographics.  The Elon town population in 2015 was 9,968 persons, per www.census.gov.  There were 4,493 persons between 14 – 24 or 46% of the entire town population. The median age was 21.9 years old.  With a significant portion of the local audience leaving during set times, many of Elon’s eating establishments and retail businesses close when Elon University is out.

Gibsonville: Gibsonville is a locals market which showcases the more rural and family oriented personality of Eastern Guilford County, western Alamance County, and “off of” I-40 / I-85 locations.  Due to the fact that regional and national retail providers are only 3.5 miles away in Alamance Crossing, this community has easy access to all types of amenities, urban and rural.   Open year round, Gibsonville is most active on weekends or during town events.  While Elon has a night life outside of weekends, Gibsonville does not.  This would seem in line with the family oriented type lifestyle of the general area.  Per www.census.gov, Gibsonville had 7,029 persons in 2016.  The core of this demographic is 30 – 39 (16.5%) and 40 – 49 (15.8%).  Median age for the town was 36.3 years old.

Surrounding Areas

Eastern Guilford County: Areas off the I-40 / I-85 are rural in nature.  While there is demand for area growth, growth in Guilford County has been primarily focused on highway locations or in metro Greensboro / High Point.  It is notable that Eastern Guilford County is an area without access to utilities and in watershed areas.  These two limitations keep density at bay and have maintained this portion of the county as agricultural and single family residential in nature.

Burlington: Western Alamance County is a higher demographic area of Burlington, the 18th largest city in NC with 52,709 persons (2016).  Downtown Burlington is anchored by the national headquarters operations of LabCorp, a publicly traded Fortune 500 company.  This area of Burlington has quality high paying jobs, established and historic neighborhoods, as well as a strong concentration of amenities.

Additional information on the area is below:

  • For general information on the town, see Overview
  • For maps and demographic information, see Location & Demographics.
  • For information on surrounding area and regional amenities, see Area Amenities.
  • For a local map of Gibsonville and Elon, see Local Map.
  • For information on specific Gibsonville and Elon area places of interest, see Attractions.
  • For information on our retail amenities and professionals, see Businesses.
  • For information on area events, see Calendar.
  • For information about this website, see About.