Caldwell County, North Carolina
Caldwell County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. As of the 2010 census, the population was 83,029. Its county seat is Lenoir.
|Caldwell County, North Carolina|
Caldwell County Courthouse in Lenoir
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Joseph Caldwell & Noah Galloway seat wl = Lenoir|
|• Total||474 sq mi (1,228 km2)|
|• Land||472 sq mi (1,222 km2)|
|• Water||2.7 sq mi (7 km2), 0.6%|
|• Density||176/sq mi (68/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC−5/−4|
The county was formed in 1841 from parts of Burke County and Wilkes County. It was named for Joseph Caldwell, presiding professor (1796–1797, 1799–1804) and the first president (1804–1812, 1816–1835) of the University of North Carolina.
A series of reductions in the county's territory followed. In 1847 parts of Caldwell County, Iredell County, and Wilkes County were combined to form Alexander County. In 1849 parts of Caldwell County, Ashe County, Wilkes County, and Yancey County were combined to form Watauga County. In 1861, parts of Caldwell County, Burke County, McDowell County, Watauga County, and Yancey County were combined to form Mitchell County. Finally, in 1911 parts of Caldwell County, Mitchell County, and Watauga County were combined to form Avery County.
Caldwell County is divided into three distinct geographic sections: the Blue Ridge Mountains, which dominate the northern and western parts of the county; the gently rolling Piedmont country in the middle and southern parts of the county; and the Brushy Mountains, an isolated remnant of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The "Brushies", as they are often called, run across much of Caldwell County's eastern section. Hibriten Mountain, located within the city limits of Lenoir, the county's largest city, marks the western end of the Brushy Mountain range. In the western part of the county is the Wilson Creek area.
National protected areasEdit
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 83,029 people, 33,388 households, and 23,456 families residing in the county. The population density was 176.1 people per square mile (109.4/km²). There were 37,659 housing units at an average density of 79.9 per square mile (49.6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.24% White, 4.92% Black or African American, 0.52% Asian, 0.31% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.47% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. The Hispanic or Latino (of any race) population was 4.57%.
There were 33,388 households of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.16% were married couples living together, 12.52% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.75% were non-families. 25.39% of all households were made up of individuals living alone and 41.16% of those households had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.91.
Of the county's entire population, 22.63% was under the age of 18, 18.33% were 18 to 34, 22.44% were 35 to 49, 21.17% were 50 to 64, and 15.44% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.3 years. For every 100 females there were 96.84 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.06 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,853, and the median income for a family was $47,028. Males had a median income of $36,429 versus $31,221 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,397. About 15.3% of families and 20.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 51.8% of single mothers and 13.2% of people age 65 or over.
Law and governmentEdit
The county is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners. They are elected by popular vote and appoint a County Manager to handle daily operations, currently Stan Kiser. The members of the Board of Commissioners are Jeff Branch, Randy Church, Mike LaBrose, Donnie Potter, and Robbie Wilkie. Caldwell County's sheriff is Alan C. Jones. The Clerk of Superior Court is Kim Clark. The County's Register of Deeds is Wayne Rash. Caldwell County is a member of the regional Western Piedmont Council of Governments.
In the North Carolina General Assembly, the county is represented by Republican Deanna Ballard in the North Carolina Senate, as part of N.C. Senate District 45, and by Republican Destin Hall in the North Carolina House of Representatives, as N.C. House District 87. Due to North Carolina's court-ordered redistricting, Caldwell County will move to N.C. Senate District 46 in 2019, where it will be represented by either Republican incumbent Warren Daniel or Democratic challenger Art Sherwood.
- Dudley Shoals
- Granite Falls
- Lower Creek
- West Lenoir
- Happy Valley
- Kings Creek
- Oak Hill
- Granite Falls
- William Lenoir
- Horizons Elementary
- Gateway School
Other major highways include:
The Blue Ridge Parkway also crosses the northern tip of the county.
Other unincorporated communitiesEdit
- Johnny Allen, was a World Series Champion with the New York Yankees in 1932 and an All-Star selection in 1938
- Claude Baker, composer
- Etta Baker, musician
- Leonard Bolick, bishop of the ELCA North Carolina Synod
- William Horton Bower, US congressman from 1893-1895
- Jim Broyhill, US congressman and senator
- Ervin M. Bruner, Wisconsin State Assemblyman (born in Lenoir)
- Madison Bumgarner, a 3x World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants and 2014 World Series MVP
- Claudia Church, country music artist
- Eric Church, country music artist
- Clinton A. Cilley, mayor of Lenoir and Medal of Honor recipient during the American Civil War
- Dr. Linda Combs, former U.S. government official
- Charlie Cozart, former MLB player for the Boston Braves
- Jack Curtis, former MLB player for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves, and Cleveland Indians
- Lindsay Deal, former MLB player for the Brooklyn Dodgers
- Nick Easton, NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings
- Jan Karon, New York Times-bestselling author of the Mitford Series and the Father Tim novels
- William Lenoir, soldier and statesman
- Harry Martin, former North Carolina Supreme Court justice
- Bob McCreary, former NFL player and business entrepreneur
- Kary Mullis, scientist and Nobel laureate
- William C. Newland, North Carolina lieutenant governor from 1909-1913
- James Pritchett, actor
- Mark Schwartz, former professional soccer player and college coach
- Larry Smith, former NASCAR driver
- Vaughn E. Starnes, surgeon who performed life saving operation on Jimmy Kimmel's son
- Rube Walker, former MLB player and 2x World Series Champion with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers
- Hassan Whiteside, NBA player for the Miami Heat, attended The Patterson School in Lenoir
- Maxie Williams, former NFL player for the Houston Oilers and Miami Dolphins
- Parker T. Williamson, minister and author
- Louis Round Wilson, University Librarian and first director of the library school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1901-1932
- George Younce, gospel singer
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