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Lincoln County, North Carolina

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 78,265.[1] Its county seat is Lincolnton.[2] Lincoln County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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 U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1779
Named for Benjamin Lincoln
Seat Lincolnton
Largest city Lincolnton
Area
 • Total 307 sq mi (795 km2)
 • Land 298 sq mi (772 km2)
 • Water 9.1 sq mi (24 km2), 3.0%
Population
 • (2010) 78,265
 • Density 263/sq mi (102/km2)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Eastern: UTC−5/−4
Website www.lincolncounty.org

Contents

HistoryEdit

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]

GeographyEdit

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 countiesEdit

Major highwaysEdit

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
17909,246
180012,66036.9%
181016,35929.2%
182018,14710.9%
183022,45523.7%
184025,16012.0%
18507,746−69.2%
18608,1955.8%
18709,57316.8%
188011,06115.5%
189012,58613.8%
190015,49823.1%
191017,13210.5%
192017,8624.3%
193022,87228.0%
194024,1875.7%
195027,45913.5%
196028,8144.9%
197032,68213.4%
198042,37229.6%
199050,31918.8%
200063,78026.8%
201078,26522.7%
Est. 201681,168[5]3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2014[1]

As of the census[10] 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.

CommunitiesEdit

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

CityEdit

TownEdit

Census-designated placesEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

TownshipsEdit

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

Politics, law and governmentEdit

Lincoln is currently a powerfully Republican county. It has not been carried by any Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976, and Carter in 1980 is the last Democrat to reach forty percent of the county’s vote in a Presidential election. Before World War II, Lincoln was a typically Democratic Southern county except for supporting Herbert Hoover in 1928 and William McKinley in 1900, but since Thomas E. Dewey carried the county in 1948, it has gone Democratic just twice.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 72.0% 28,806 24.7% 9,897 3.3% 1,320
2012 68.7% 25,267 30.0% 11,024 1.3% 484
2008 66.0% 23,631 32.7% 11,713 1.3% 454
2004 67.8% 20,052 31.9% 9,434 0.3% 93
2000 65.0% 15,951 34.3% 8,412 0.7% 166
1996 54.9% 11,439 37.0% 7,721 8.1% 1,690
1992 49.3% 11,018 36.5% 8,150 14.3% 3,187
1988 64.3% 11,651 35.5% 6,444 0.2% 35
1984 67.6% 12,621 32.1% 5,996 0.2% 42
1980 52.4% 9,009 45.3% 7,796 2.3% 391
1976 41.2% 6,682 58.4% 9,462 0.4% 66
1972 61.9% 8,597 36.7% 5,100 1.4% 195
1968 46.2% 6,188 30.2% 4,044 23.6% 3,161
1964 44.6% 5,869 55.5% 7,304
1960 50.3% 6,816 49.7% 6,728
1956 53.2% 6,637 46.8% 5,838
1952 53.6% 6,228 46.4% 5,389
1948 43.5% 3,635 42.7% 3,570 13.8% 1,153
1944 46.9% 3,678 53.1% 4,168
1940 38.7% 3,099 61.3% 4,901
1936 38.8% 3,501 61.2% 5,515
1932 44.6% 3,563 55.0% 4,399 0.4% 34
1928 57.4% 3,930 42.6% 2,913
1924 47.4% 2,658 51.9% 2,909 0.8% 42
1920 48.5% 3,137 51.5% 3,331
1916 47.2% 1,369 52.5% 1,521 0.3% 9
1912 2.0% 49 53.1% 1,280 44.9% 1,081

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

EducationEdit

Post-secondary educationEdit

Lincoln County SchoolsEdit

High schoolsEdit

Middle schoolsEdit

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

Intermediate schoolsEdit

  • Kiser Intermediate School
  • Pumpkin Center Intermediate School

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • 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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ a b "County of Lincoln, NC - Official Website - History Corner". www.co.lincoln.nc.us. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-16.

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