Matthews is a suburb southeast of Charlotte, an approximate 30-minute drive from downtown. . Largely made up of families and Charlotte commuters, Matthews has experienced a 22.92% population growth in the last 10 years, 4 percentage points more than the North Carolina average. Matthews began as a farming settlement before becoming the residential community it is today. The town was initially known as Fullwood and experienced major growth in 1874, with the construction of the Central Carolina Railroad. The name was changed to Matthews in 1879 in honor of Edward Watson Matthews, a director of the railroad company.
Today, Matthews is a thriving suburban community, known for its active lifestyle, quality schools, and historic downtown districts. The town has a large amount of sports/fitness stores and a wide variety of outdoor activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle. The high school graduation rate is 22% the North Carolina average, showing the town's commitment to quality education.