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Union County - Ranked 16th fastest growing county in the nation!

Once sleepy and rural, Union County - southeast of Charlotte - today is the fastest-growing county in the metro area.

Union County’s population, which was 70,000 in 1980, is now estimated at more than 140,000 and is expected to grow by another 70,000 by the time 2020 rolls around. The county has many thriving communities, including Monroe, the county seat, and an intriguing blend of past (take a look at its old Italianate courthouse, circa 1888) and present (witness its healthy business and industry). It’s home to highly regarded Wingate University, a private institution, and the West Campus of South Piedmont Community College in a new location on Old Charlotte Highway.

If you’re a Charlotte-area newcomer looking to live in Union, chances are you’re most interested in the western end of the county, along the county line close to Mecklenburg’s I-485 outerbelt. Growth has been so rapid in this area that the Union County school system has opened new elementary, middle and high schools in Weddington. Union County real estate listings are in Area 10.

Weddington is primarily residential and wealthy. The “town center” is Weddington Corners shopping center. Charlotte’s Siskey Family YMCA, on Weddington Road less than a mile from Union County, includes a pool and water park, jogging track and other amenities.

For both new construction and older homes, check either side off Providence Road; along Weddington-Matthews Road, Hemby Road and Beulah Church Road; and along Marvin-Weddington Road, heading for Marvin.

Most of Marvin’s residents moved here for the country atmosphere and homes with acreage. But there’s new construction too; look along Marvin-Weddington Road and Joe Kerr Road. From Marvin going south to Waxhaw and beyond is horse country, a great place to look for acreage if you want to keep and ride horses and currently the place to build what I like to call "McMansions"...amazing new estate homes.

Waxhaw takes its name from the Waxhaws, the Indian tribe that once inhabited the area. The town has dozens of antiques and gift shops, plus a summer outdoor drama theatre. For new housing, look along N.C. 16 toward Charlotte, along N.C. 75 east and west of Waxhaw, and along Rehobeth Road.

Wesley Chapel, at N.C. 84 and Potter Road between Weddington and Monroe, incorporated in 1998 around a century-old community. It has a historic Methodist church site, an elementary school and lots of rolling green countryside. Look for new homes along Potter Road south of N.C. 84 and along Jim Parker Road.

Stallings abuts the Mecklenburg County line along the U.S. 74 corridor. A quiet bedroom community, the town has been growing fast, attracting residents who like its small-town image but also the quick travel time, via the outerbelt/ Independence Blvd., to Charlotte and beyond. For new homes, look on either side of Stallings along Stevens Mill Road, Potter Road, Stallings Road and Old Monroe Road toward Indian Trail.

Indian Trail, which began as an outpost along an Indian trading trail, is also growing fast. New subdivisions, a new U.S. 74 shopping center and plans for new industrial parks are speeding growth.

Look for new homes on either side of U.S. 74, around Old Monroe Road, Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road, Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road and Unionville-Indian Trail Road.

Lake Park, a subdivision off Unionville-Indian Trail Road that later incorporated, is an example of “ new urbanism,” or using design to help foster a feeling of community. Here you’ll find townhomes and single-family homes, festivals, a shopping center and a private Christian school.

Hemby Bridge, a community that strives to retain some of its rural tradition, adjoins Mecklenburg east of U.S. 74 along Secrest Short Cut Road. It offers homes in a wide price range along Stevens Mills Road, Mill Grove Road and Indian Trail-Fairview Road.

Unionville, which also honors its rural roots, is north of Monroe on U.S. 601. For new homes, check along Lawyers Road, Sikes Mill Road, Unionville-Brief Road and N.C. 218.

County seat Monroe, formed in 1844 and named for President James Monroe, is an intriguing blend of past and present, with its lovely old restored buildings downtown and its bustling shopping strip, airport and industrial parks. It’s the county’s largest city, with more than 26,000 people.

You’ll find affordable homes in many established parts of town. For new housing, look just inside the city along Rocky River Road, or outside it along U.S. 601 North, Secrest Short Cut Road, Sikes Mill Road, New Salem Road, Olive Branch Road, Walkup Ave., Goldmine Road, N.C. 75 toward Waxhaw and N.C. 84 toward Weddington.

Union County Links

The Official Site for Union Co.

Union County Schools

Union County Chamber of Commerce

The Town of Weddington

The Village of Marvin

The Village of Wesley Chapel

The City of Indian Trail

The City of Lake Park

Helpful Information

Driver's License | Vehicle Registration | Voter Registration
Post Offices | Police | Fire

Driver’s License Offices

DMV Building

3122 U.S. 74 West
Monroe, NC 28110

All new residents who plan to drive must obtain a N.C. driver's license within 60 days. Most newcomers seek a Class C license for personal cars and small trucks. Motorcycle riders also need a motorcycle endorsement. Licensed drivers who are 16 or 17 years old must show passage of a state-approved driver education course in their former state; otherwise, they receive a temporary license. You may obtain a N.C. Level 1 permit at 15 after passing an approved driver education course. N.C. driver's licenses are valid for five years. Apply in person at a driver's license office and take the vision, sign recognition and written tests. A "Driver's Handbook" study book is available at DMV offices.

Present your current out-of-state license or two other accepted forms of ID (such as passport or birth certificate), proof of residency (utility bill, bank statement, etc.), Social Security or taxpayer ID and liability insurance from an insurer licensed in North Carolina.

A Class C license costs $2.50 per year. The motorcycle endorsement is an additional $5 cash, and you must pass a road skills test.

Motor Vehicle Registration

622E West Roosevelt Blvd.
Monroe, NC28110


You must register your vehicle before the reciprocity agreement between North Carolina and your former state expires (usually 30 days). Registration is renewed annually.

Present your title (unless title is held by a lien holder) and a valid registration card from your former state. If a lien holder holds your title, you must provide the lien holder's name and address on a state form for title release. You also must present proof of vehicle liability insurance that meets state standards.

Fees include $35 title fee, $20 registration fee for auto and a highway use tax that ranges up to $150 depending on the situation. Checks are acceptable with two proofs of identification. You must have a N.C. driver's license or N.C. checking account.

You also must obtain a vehicle safety inspection within 10 days of receiving your license plate. This costs $9.30 and can be done at any state-authorized inspection station. Inspection is required annually. Vehicles newer than 1976 and registered in UnionCounty must pass a $30.00 annual emission inspection.

N.C. counties assess property taxes annually. Your car will be registered when you receive your license plate, and you'll receive a bill in about three months.

Rules of the Road
Speed limits range from 55 mph to 70 mph on interstates and from 55 mph to 65 mph on open highways. The limit is 35 mph within city limits unless otherwise posted.

Motorcyclists must wear helmets and drive with lights on at all times.

Seat belt use is mandatory for drivers and front seat passengers. Children four and younger and weighing less than 40 pounds must be restrained in a child safety seat in the back seat, if the vehicle has an active passenger side air bag and a back seat that can hold the safety seat. Passengers younger than 16 must use a seat belt or a safety seat, regardless of where they sit.

Right turn on red is permitted after a complete stop unless otherwise posted. Left turn on red is not permitted.

Driving while impaired rules (DWI) are strict. The state blood alcohol level limit is .08 percent but motorists can be charged if other drugs affect them. Penalties can include fines, imprisonment and license revocation.

Voter Registration

You must be at least 18, a county resident for at least 30 days and a U.S. citizen to vote. Register at: the Union County Courthouse, North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (if conducting other transactions), any town hall, library branch, post office or high school in UnionCounty. In addition, you can register on-line at www.co.union.nc.us Contact the Board of Elections at 704-283-3809 for information concerning retail establishments where you can register.

 US Post Offices

Community & Zip Code


Telephone Number

Indian Trail 28079

210 Postage Way


Marshville 28103

322 E. Union Street


Matthews - ServesUnionCounty zip codes 28104, 28106 (post office boxes)

301 E. John Street


Mineral Springs 28108

5912 Waxhaw Highway


Monroe 28110, 28111 (post office boxes), 28112

101 S. Charlotte Avenue

704-225-1097; 704-289-4508

Waxhaw 28173

524 Broome Street (Highway 16)


Wingate 28174

124 N. Main Street


For general U.S.P.S. information, call 800-275-8777




All law enforcement emergencies call 911. The following towns have their own police, which can be contacted directly:


Telephone Number











All other towns call the Union County Sheriff’s Office: 704-283-3789



To report fire call 911 county wide.

The local contact number for the City of Monroe fire department is 704-282-4726.

Multiple volunteer fire departments serve the remainder of the county.


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