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Kings Mountain, North Carolina
The downtown of Kings Mountain along Battleground Avenue
The downtown of Kings Mountain along Battleground Avenue
The Historical City
Location of Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Location of Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Cleveland, Gaston
Named for Battle of Kings Mountain
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 13.63 sq mi (35.31 km2)
 • Land 13.42 sq mi (34.77 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)
1,007 ft (307 m)
 • Total 10,296
 • Estimate 
 • Density 818.09/sq mi (315.85/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 704
FIPS code 37-35880
GNIS feature ID 0988003

Kings Mountain is a small suburban city within the Charlotte metropolitan area in Cleveland and Gaston counties, North Carolina, United States. Most of the city is in Cleveland County, with a small eastern portion in Gaston County. The population was 10,296 at the 2010 census. During the Revolutionary War, Patriot militia defeated Loyalist militia in the Battle of Kings Mountain.


Originally the settlement was called White Plains, but when the city was incorporated in 1874, the name was changed. It was decided that "Kings Mountain" would be a more appropriate name since the community was close to the historic Battle of Kings Mountain in York County, South Carolina.

The Central School Historic District, King Street Overhead Bridge, Margrace Mill Village Historic District, Jacob S. Mauney Memorial Library and Teacher's Home, Southern Railway Company Overhead Bridge, and West End Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Kings Mountain is located at 35°14′39″N 81°20′33″W / 35.24417°N 81.34250°W / 35.24417; -81.34250 (35.244105, -81.342544). It lies 30 miles (48 km) west of Charlotte along Interstate 85. Gaffney, South Carolina, is 21 miles (34 km) to the southwest along I-85.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.6 km2), of which 12.3 square miles (31.9 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 1.98%, is covered with water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 337
1890 429 27.3%
1900 2,062 380.7%
1910 2,218 7.6%
1920 2,800 26.2%
1930 5,632 101.1%
1940 6,547 16.2%
1950 7,206 10.1%
1960 8,008 11.1%
1970 8,465 5.7%
1980 9,080 7.3%
1990 8,763 −3.5%
2000 9,693 10.6%
2010 10,296 6.2%
2019 (est.) 10,982 6.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
King Mountain,North Carolina
King's Pinnacle

2020 census

Kings Mountain racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 7,457 66.93%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,543 22.82%
Native American 30 0.27%
Asian 162 1.45%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 510 4.58%
Hispanic or Latino 439 3.94%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,142 people, 4,151 households, and 2,536 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,296 people, 4,597 households, and 2,674 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,187.1 people per square mile (458.1/km2). There were 4,064 housing units at an average density of 497.7 per square mile (192.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.85% White, 21.55% black, 0.15% Native American, 1.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

There were 3,821 households, out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,415, and the median income for a family was $39,137. Males had a median income of $32,444 versus $22,201 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,920. About 13.4% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.2% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over.


The interchange between Interstate 85, US Highway 74, and US Highway 29 is to the east of the city.

Kings Mountain is also served by two North Carolina State Highways: NC-161 with service to Bessemer City and York, and NC-216 with service to Cherryville.

Greyhound Lines began scheduled intercity bus service on April 20, 2010. The station is housed at Battleground Petroleum, 726 York Rd., off Interstate 85. The close proximity to I-85 was a major factor in relocating this station from nearby Gastonia, North Carolina.

Notable people

  • Otto Briggs (1891–1943), former professional baseball player
  • Dremiel Byers (born 1974), Greco-Roman wrestler, World Champion and part of two Olympic teams (2008, 2012)
  • Jake Early (1915–1985), former MLB player and All-Star selection
  • Kevin Mack (born 1962), former NFL player and two-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Tim Moore (born 1970), NC Speaker of the House
  • John Henry Moss (1919–2009), Minor League Baseball executive and longtime Mayor of Kings Mountain
  • Laura Moss (born 1973), actress
  • Madisyn Shipman (born 2002), actress in Game Shakers
  • Sandor Teszler (1903–2000), textile executive and philanthropist
  • Jimmy Wayne (born 1972), country music singer and songwriter
  • Will Wilson (born 1998), professional baseball shortstop in the San Francisco Giants organization
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