Elon (formerly known as Elon College) is a town in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Burlington, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The current population estimate (2008) is 7,060. The town of Elon is home to Elon University. The town was called "Elon College" until the college known as Elon College became Elon University. The town then changed its name officially to Elon. Downtown Elon is home to The Shops at Elon.
Elon is located at 36°5′50″N 79°30′44″W / 36.09722°N 79.51222°W / 36.09722; -79.51222 (36.097135, -79.512102).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), all of it land.