Bostic, North Carolina

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Bostic, North Carolina
Location of Bostic, North Carolina
Location of Bostic, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°21′44″N 81°50′4″W / 35.36222°N 81.83444°W / 35.36222; -81.83444Coordinates: 35°21′44″N 81°50′4″W / 35.36222°N 81.83444°W / 35.36222; -81.83444
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Rutherford
 • Total 0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Land 0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 948 ft (289 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 386
 • Density 377.6/sq mi (145.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28018
Area code 828
FIPS code 37-07220[1]
GNIS feature ID 0981751[2]

Bostic is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 386 at the 2010 census.


Bostic is located at 35°21′44″N 81°50′4″W / 35.36222°N 81.83444°W / 35.36222; -81.83444 (35.362345, -81.834370).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 328 people, 136 households, and 93 families residing in the town. The population density was 377.6 people per square mile (145.6/km²). There were 153 housing units at an average density of 176.2 per square mile (67.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.99% White, 4.27% African American, 1.22% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 136 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town the age distribution of the population shows 27.1% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,125, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $20,455 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,454. None of the families and 4.5% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 14.0% of those over 64.

Abraham Lincoln[edit]

Some believe that Abraham Lincoln was born on Puzzle Creek near Bostic. The Bostic Lincoln Center points to historians and Lincoln biographers that put Lincoln's birth 5 years earlier than is commonly accepted. These histories have him born to his mother Nancy Hanks and took the name Lincoln only after Hanks moved to Kentucky with the then infant Abraham. Richard Martin and 15 other men have been named as Abraham Lincoln's father.[4][5]


Bostic has long been a stop for the CSX railroad to exchange crews. CSX also has a small yard located just Northwest of town. Bostic has only 2 caution lights and no red lights. There is a Seaboard Coast Line Caboose placed next to the railroad tracks in the middle of town.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "From Deseret News archives: Truth or fiction: North Carolina hilltop is real birthplace of Abraham Lincol". Deseret News. 
  5. ^ "Background". Bostic Lincoln Center. 

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