Huntersville is a suburb in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States. A part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, the population was 46,773 at the 2010 census, which makes Huntersville the 19th largest municipality in North Carolina. It is located about 12 miles north of downtown Charlotte. It is thought that the town derives its name from the Rev. Humphrey Hunter, a minister at Steele Creek and Unity Presbyterian Churches and a local Revolutionary War hero.
Huntersville is located at 35°24′34″N 80°51′49″W (35.409544, -80.863622).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total non-contiguous area of 31.2 square miles (81 km2), of which, 31.1 square miles (81 km2) of it is land and 0.03% is water.
The town is governed by an elected Mayor and a Board of Commissioners and elections are officially conducted on a non-partisan basis. Elections are held every two years with the Mayor and Commissioners being elected separately. There is no primary election for either Mayor or the Board of Commissioners. Voters are allowed to vote for up to six (6) Commissioner candidates and the six candidates receiving the highest number of votes are elected.
The current Mayor is Jill Swain; she was reelected in November 2013 after defeating former Mecklenburg County Commissioner, Jim Puckett. The six current Commissioners are: Melinda Bales, Ron Julian, Rob Kidwell, Sarah McAulay, Jeff Neely, and Danny Phillips. Melinda Bales received the highest number of votes in 2013 with 3,037.