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Lincoln County
Lincoln County Courthouse in Lincolnton
Lincoln County Courthouse in Lincolnton
Map of North Carolina highlighting Lincoln County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
Founded 1779
Named for Benjamin Lincoln
Seat Lincolnton
Largest city Lincolnton
Area
 • Total 307 sq mi (800 km2)
 • Land 298 sq mi (770 km2)
 • Water 9.1 sq mi (24 km2)  3.0%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
89,670
 • Density 300.9/sq mi (116.2/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 10th

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 86,810. Its county seat is Lincolnton. Lincoln County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

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.

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.

Geography

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.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 321
  • NC 10
  • NC 16
  • NC 18
  • NC 27
  • NC 73
  • NC 150
  • NC 155
  • NC 182
  • NC 274

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 9,246
1800 12,660 36.9%
1810 16,359 29.2%
1820 18,147 10.9%
1830 22,455 23.7%
1840 25,160 12.0%
1850 7,746 −69.2%
1860 8,195 5.8%
1870 9,573 16.8%
1880 11,061 15.5%
1890 12,586 13.8%
1900 15,498 23.1%
1910 17,132 10.5%
1920 17,862 4.3%
1930 22,872 28.0%
1940 24,187 5.7%
1950 27,459 13.5%
1960 28,814 4.9%
1970 32,682 13.4%
1980 42,372 29.6%
1990 50,319 18.8%
2000 63,780 26.8%
2010 78,265 22.7%
2020 86,810 10.9%
2021 (est.) 89,670 14.6%

2020 census

Lincoln County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 71,661 82.55%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,405 5.07%
Native American 237 0.27%
Asian 692 0.8%
Pacific Islander 15 0.02%
Other/Mixed 3,388 3.9%
Hispanic or Latino 6,412 7.39%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 86,810 people, 34,418 households, and 24,445 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the census 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.

Communities

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

City

Town

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Catawba Springs
  • Howards Creek
  • Ironton
  • Lincolnton
  • North Brook

Education

Post-secondary education

  • Gaston College - Community College located in Dallas, North Carolina with a satellite campus in Lincolnton offering associate degree, Certificate, and Diploma programs.

Lincoln County Schools

High schools

  • East Lincoln High School
  • Lincoln County School of Technology
  • Lincolnton High School
  • North Lincoln High School
  • West Lincoln High School

Middle school

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

Intermediate schools

  • Pumpkin Center Intermediate School

Elementary schools

  • Asbury
  • 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

Charter schools

  • Lincoln Charter School
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