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Lincoln County, North Carolina
Lincoln County Courthouse (Lincolnton, North Carolina).jpg
Lincoln County Courthouse in Lincolnton
Map of North Carolina highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1779
Named for Benjamin Lincoln
Seat Lincolnton
Largest city Lincolnton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

307 sq mi (795 km²)
298 sq mi (772 km²)
9.1 sq mi (24 km²), 3.0%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

86,810
295.63/sq mi (114/km²)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.lincolncounty.org

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 86,810.[1] Its county seat is Lincolnton.[2] 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, which had been settled by Europeans in the mid-18th Century. It was named for Benjamin Lincoln, a general in the American Revolutionary War."[3] During the American Revolution, the Battle of Ramsour's Mill occurred near a grist mill in Lincolnton.

"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."[3]

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.[4]

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 populations
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 census[]

Lincoln County racial composition[5]
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[6] 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

City[]

Town[]

  • Maiden (part)

Census-designated places[]

  • Denver
  • Iron Station
  • Lowesville
  • Westport

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Boger City
  • Laurel Hill
  • Polkadot
  • Toluca (part)
  • Vale
  • Crouse

Townships[]

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

Politics, law and government[]

United States presidential election results for Lincoln County, North Carolina[7]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 36,341 72.37% 13,274 26.43% 602 1.20%
2016 28,806 71.97% 9,897 24.73% 1,320 3.30%
2012 25,267 68.71% 11,024 29.98% 484 1.32%
2008 23,631 66.01% 11,713 32.72% 454 1.27%
2004 20,052 67.79% 9,434 31.89% 93 0.31%
2000 15,951 65.03% 8,412 34.29% 166 0.68%
1996 11,439 54.86% 7,721 37.03% 1,690 8.11%
1992 11,018 49.29% 8,150 36.46% 3,187 14.26%
1988 11,651 64.26% 6,444 35.54% 35 0.19%
1984 12,621 67.64% 5,996 32.13% 42 0.23%
1980 9,009 52.39% 7,796 45.34% 391 2.27%
1976 6,682 41.22% 9,462 58.37% 66 0.41%
1972 8,597 61.88% 5,100 36.71% 195 1.40%
1968 6,188 46.20% 4,044 30.19% 3,161 23.60%
1964 5,869 44.55% 7,304 55.45% 0 0.00%
1960 6,816 50.32% 6,728 49.68% 0 0.00%
1956 6,637 53.20% 5,838 46.80% 0 0.00%
1952 6,228 53.61% 5,389 46.39% 0 0.00%
1948 3,635 43.49% 3,570 42.71% 1,153 13.80%
1944 3,678 46.88% 4,168 53.12% 0 0.00%
1940 3,099 38.74% 4,901 61.26% 0 0.00%
1936 3,501 38.83% 5,515 61.17% 0 0.00%
1932 3,563 44.56% 4,399 55.02% 34 0.43%
1928 3,930 57.43% 2,913 42.57% 0 0.00%
1924 2,658 47.39% 2,909 51.86% 42 0.75%
1920 3,137 48.50% 3,331 51.50% 0 0.00%
1916 1,369 47.22% 1,521 52.47% 9 0.31%
1912 49 2.03% 1,280 53.11% 1,081 44.85%
1908 1,217 49.90% 1,222 50.10% 0 0.00%
1904 761 42.73% 1,009 56.65% 11 0.62%
1900 1,133 55.35% 892 43.58% 22 1.07%
1896 1,010 42.40% 1,349 56.63% 23 0.97%
1892 617 30.08% 976 47.59% 458 22.33%
1888 922 43.04% 1,205 56.26% 15 0.70%
1884 759 39.33% 1,171 60.67% 0 0.00%
1880 786 46.26% 913 53.74% 0 0.00%



Lincoln County is a member of the regional Centralina Council of Governments.[8]

Controversy[]

In February 2020, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department received media attention when surveillance video was released showing first a pair of Atrium Health security guards assaulting a sixteen-year-old boy brought to the hospital's emergency room. When another pair of sheriff's deputies arrived, video shows one of the deputies hitting the boy, now handcuffed, in the face twice as the boy spit blood pooling in his mouth after being tackled from behind by security guards. The deputy then aggressively approached the mother, yelling at her before being pulled to the ground by a second deputy, In an interview with WBTV, Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam defended his deputies saying they did nothing wrong, denying that the officer struck the boy or that the officer was physically restrained by two additional sheriff's deputies.[9] They boy was arrested and charged with felony assault on a police officer.[10]

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

See also[]

  • Lincoln Theatre Guild
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Lincoln County, North Carolina

References[]

Further reading[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 35°29′N 81°13′W / 35.48, -81.22

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