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Lincoln County, North Carolina

Lincoln County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1779
Named for Benjamin Lincoln
Seat Lincolnton
Largest city Lincolnton
 • Total 307 sq mi (795 km2)
 • Land 298 sq mi (772 km2)
 • Water 9.1 sq mi (24 km2), 3.0%
 • (2010) 78,265
 • Density 263/sq mi (102/km²)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.lincolncountywww

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 78,265.[1] Its county seat is Lincolnton.[2]

Lincoln County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Law and government 4
  • Education 5
    • Post-secondary education 5.1
    • Lincoln County Schools 5.2
      • High schools 5.2.1
      • Middle schools 5.2.2
      • Intermediate schools 5.2.3
      • Elementary schools 5.2.4
  • Communities 6
    • City 6.1
    • Town 6.2
    • Census-designated places 6.3
    • Unincorporated communities 6.4
    • Townships 6.5
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The county was formed in 1779 from the eastern part of Tryon County. It was named for Benjamin Lincoln, a general in the American Revolutionary War.[3]

In 1782 the southeastern part of Burke County was annexed to Lincoln County. In 1841 parts of Lincoln County and Rutherford County were combined to form Cleveland County. In 1842 the northern third of Lincoln County became Catawba County. In 1846 the southern half of what was left of Lincoln County became Gaston County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 307 square miles (800 km2), of which 298 square miles (770 km2) is land and 9.1 square miles (24 km2) (3.0%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 78,265 people, 30,343 households, and 22,221 families residing in the county. The population density was 261.76 people per square mile (101/km²). There were 33,641 housing units at an average density of 112.51 per square mile (43.46/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.4% White, 5.5% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 6.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 30,343 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.4 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,456, and the median income for a family was $48,298. Males had a median income of $41,441 versus $30,480 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,861. About 10.4% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, as well as 25.3% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

Law and government

Lincoln County is a member of the regional Centralina Council of Governments.


Post-secondary education

Lincoln County Schools

High schools

Middle schools

  • Asbury
  • East Lincoln
  • Lincolnton
  • North Lincoln
  • West Lincoln

Intermediate schools

  • Kiser Intermediate School
  • Pumpkin Center Intermediate School

Elementary schools

  • Battleground
  • Catawba Springs
  • G. E. Massey
  • Iron Station
  • Love Memorial
  • Norris S. Childers
  • North Brook
  • Pumpkin Center Primary
  • Rock Springs
  • S. Ray Lowder
  • St. James
  • Union


Map of Lincoln County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


  • Catawba Springs
  • Howards Creek
  • Iron Station
  • Lincolnton
  • North Brook

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 187. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Official website
  • NCGenWeb Lincoln County - free genealogy resources for the county
  • Geographic data related to Lincoln County, North Carolina at OpenStreetMap

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