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Lincoln County, North Carolina

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. State of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 63,780. Its county seat is Lincolnton6.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Demographics
4 Cities and towns
5 External links


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.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 795 km² (307 mi²). 774 km² (299 mi²) of it is land and 21 km² (8 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.68% water.


The county is divided into five townships: Catawba Springs, Howards Creek, Ironton, Lincolnton, and North Brook.

Adjacent Counties


As of the
census2 of 2000, there are 63,780 people, 24,041 households, and 18,174 families residing in the county. The population density is 82/km² (214/mi²). There are 25,717 housing units at an average density of 33/km² (86/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 90.24% White, 6.44% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.73% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 5.73% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 24,041 households out of which 34.10% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.20% are married couples living together, 10.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.40% are non-families. 20.10% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.80% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.62 and the average family size is 3.00.

In the county the population is spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $41,421, and the median income for a family is $47,752. Males have a median income of $32,394 versus $22,362 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,877. 9.20% of the population and 6.90% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.90% are under the age of 18 and 14.10% are 65 or older.

Cities and towns

External links

See also: List of North Carolina counties