Cleveland County, North Carolina
|Cleveland County, North Carolina|
The west side of the old Cleveland County Courthouse, Shelby
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Colonel Benjamin Cleveland|
469 sq mi (1,215 km²)
465 sq mi (1,204 km²)
4 sq mi (10 km²), 0.85%
207/sq mi (80/km²)
Cleveland County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2010, the population was 98,078. Its county seat is Shelby. The county grew in population 1.9% since the 2000 census.
The county was formed in 1841 from parts of Lincoln County and Rutherford County. It was named for Benjamin Cleveland, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War, who took part in the Battle of King's Mountain. From 1841 to 1887 "Cleaveland" was the spelling used; the present spelling was adopted in 1887.
Law and government 
Cleveland County is a member of the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission regional council of governments.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 469 square miles (1,214.7 km2), of which 465 square miles (1,204.3 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.85%) is water.
The county is divided into eleven townships, which are both numbered and named: 1 (River), 2 (Boiling Springs), 3 (Rippy), 4 (Kings Mountain), 5 (Warlick), 6 (Shelby), 7 (Sandy Run), 8 (Polkville), 9 (Double Shoals), 10 (Knob Creek), and 11 (Casar).
Adjacent counties 
- Burke County, North Carolina – north
- Lincoln County, North Carolina – east-northeast
- Gaston County, North Carolina – east-southeast
- York County, South Carolina – southeast
- Cherokee County, South Carolina – south
- Rutherford County, North Carolina – west
||Burke County||Lincoln County|
|Rutherford County||Gaston County|
|Cherokee County, South Carolina||York County, South Carolina|
Major highways 
As of the census of 2010, there were 98,078 people, 37,046 households, and 27,006 families residing in the county. The population density was 207 people per square mile (80/km²). There were 40,317 housing units at an average density of 87 per square mile (34/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74% White, 21% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Of any race, 3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino.
There were 37,046 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 13.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,283, and the median income for a family was $41,733. Males had a median income of $30,882 versus $21,995 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,395. About 10.10% of families and 13.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.90% of those under age 18 and 14.00% of those age 65 or over.
- Ambassador Bible College in Lattimore, North Carolina
- Cleveland Community College
- Gardner-Webb University
Cleveland County Schools 
Cleveland County Schools has 29 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. Those 29 schools are separated into five high schools, two alternative schools, four middle schools, and four elementary schools. It was formed from the 2004 merger of Kings Mountain City Schools, Shelby City Schools and the former Cleveland County Schools.
Cities and towns 
- Boiling Springs
- Kings Mountain (part also in Gaston County)
- Light Oak
- Patterson Springs
In popular culture 
The mysterious disappearance of Asha Degree, a Cleveland County child missing since February 14, 2000, has been profiled on several television shows, including; America’s Most Wanted, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and The Montel Williams Show 
Notable people 
- Bobby Bell, NFL Hall of Fame inductee
- Alicia Bridges, disco singer
- W. J. Cash, author of The Mind of the South
- Bill Champion, MLB player.
- Morris Davis, Colonel in US Air Force
- Thomas Dixon, Jr., minister, author
- Manny Fernandez, "The Raging Bull", professional wrestler, former NFL player
- David Flair, professional wrestler
- Alvin Gentry, NBA Coach
- Don Gibson, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee
- Kay Hagan, current junior Senator from North Carolina.
- Robert Harrill, The Fort Fisher Hermit
- Keith E. Haynes, Maryland statesman, lawyer
- Trey Hill, Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter and producer. Former member of Sonicflood.
- Norris Hopper, MLB player
- Hatcher Hughes, Pulitzer Prize winner
- Charlie Justice, NFL player, two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up
- Doug Limerick, ABC radio newscaster
- Patty Loveless, country music singer
- Scottie Montgomery, NFL wide receiver, Oakland Raiders, Arena Football League player
- Travis Padgett, Olympic athlete in Track & Field
- Floyd Patterson, heavyweight boxing champion, Boxing Hall Of Fame inductee
- Rodney Allen Rippy, former child actor
- Earl Scruggs, banjo player and composer on Hollywood Walk Of Fame
- Isaac Shelby, soldier, governor
- Charlotte Smith, WNBA basketball player
- Brandon Spikes, NFL linebacker, New England Patriots
- Billy Standridge, NASCAR driver
- Tim Steele, 3-time ARCA champion, NASCAR driver
- David Thompson, NBA Hall of Fame inductee
- Cliff Washburn, NFL offensive tackle, Houston Texans
- Tim Wilkison, tennis player
- Tom Wright, MLB player.
See also 
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Cleaveland County, North Carolina. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Contact ABC". Ambassador Bible College. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
- "Cleveland County Schools". NC School Report Cards. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Schools". Cleveland County Schools. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Court afﬁrms school merger approved by the State Board of Education". University of North Carolina School of Government. Summer 2003. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Moore Will Head Merged Schools, Parents Await First Changes to Cleveland County School System". The Charlotte Observer. January 14, 2004. p. 2B.
- "Bill Champion's career statistics". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- "About Kay Hagan". United States Senate. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
- "Tom Wright's career statistics". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2008-09-08.
- Cleveland County government official website
- Cleveland County Online Taxes web site
- Cleveland Community College Official Website