Caldwell County, North Carolina
|Caldwell County, North Carolina|
Caldwell County Courthouse in Lenoir
Location in the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Joseph Caldwell|
|• 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|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Law and government
- 5 Education
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Communities
- 8 Notable people
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
- Watauga County - north
- Wilkes County - northeast
- Alexander County - east
- Catawba County - southeast
- Burke County - south
- Avery County - northwest
National protected areas
|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 government
The county is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners, who appoint a County Manager. The members of the Board of Commissioners are Clay Bollinger, Jeff Branch, Randy Church, Mike LaBrose, and Donnie Potter. 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 George Robinson in the North Carolina House of Representatives. However, this is the final term for George Robinson who was defeated in the Republican primary. That N.C. House seat will be filled by Destin Hall, who won the Republican primary and is unopposed in November's general election. Deanna Ballard was appointed to her N.C. Senate seat after former N.C. Senator Dan Soucek resigned. She will face Democrat Art Sherwood in the general election.
Caldwell County's sheriff is Alan C. Jones.
- Dudley Shoals
- Granite Falls
- Lower Creek
- West Lenoir
- Happy Valley
- Kings Creek
- Oak Hill
- Granite Falls
- William Lenoir
- Horizons Elementary
- Gateway School
- Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute
- Appalachian State University Center at Caldwell (a distance education site for Appalachian State University)
Other major highways include:
The Blue Ridge Parkway also crosses the northern tip of the county.
Other unincorporated communities
- Claude Baker, composer
- Etta Baker, musician
- William Horton Bower, US congressman
- Jim Broyhill, US congressman and senator
- Claudia Church, country music artist
- Eric Church, country music artist
- Clinton A. Cilley, mayor of Lenoir and Medal of Honor recipient
- Dr. Linda Combs, U.S. government official
- William Lenoir, soldier and statesman
- Kary Mullis, scientist and Nobel laureate
- William C. Newland, North Carolina lieutenant governor
- James Pritchett, actor
- Larry Smith, NASCAR driver
- George Younce, gospel singer
- Six Major League Baseball players:
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- "Caldwell County North Carolina Quickfacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- "Commissioners". Caldwell County Government. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- "Congressman Mark Meadows". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- "Soucek replacement joins NC Senate". WXII 12 News. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
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- "Destin Hall Ready to Serve". Caldwell Journal. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- "Republican party elects Deanna Ballard to replace Soucek". The Avery Journal Times. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- "March 15 Election Results". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- "Sheriff's Office". Caldwell County Government. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- "Caldwell County Schools - School Directory". Caldwell County Schools. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- "ASU Center at Caldwell (located on the Hudson Campus of Caldwell Community College and Tech Institute)". Appalachian State University. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- "2014 AADT PDF Report" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- Infrastructure, Caldwell County Economic Development Commission (retrieved 16 June 2014)
- Caldwell County Economic Development Commission
- Caldwell County government official website
- Geographic data related to Caldwell County, North Carolina at OpenStreetMap
||Avery County||Watauga County||Wilkes County|
|Burke County||Catawba County|