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Light Oak, North Carolina
Census-designated place
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Cleveland
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
 • Land 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 837 ft (255 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 691
 • Density 481/sq mi (185.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 37-38170
GNIS feature ID 1867431

Light Oak is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP) in Cleveland County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 691 at the 2010 census.


Light Oak is located in southeastern Cleveland County at 35°17′31″N 81°28′30″W / 35.29194°N 81.475°W / 35.29194; -81.475 (35.291913, -81.474882). It is bordered on the west and south by the city of Shelby, the Cleveland County seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km2), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 779 people, 240 households, and 191 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 518.2 people per square mile (200.5/km²). There were 255 housing units at an average density of 169.6 per square mile (65.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 16.94% White, 82.16% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.51% Asian, and 0.26% from two or more races.

There were 240 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 27.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.4% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 111.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $28,472, and the median income for a family was $32,794. Males had a median income of $20,550 versus $16,989 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,016. About 20.7% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 51.9% of those age 65 or over.

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