Dellview, North Carolina

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Dellview, North Carolina
Location in the U.S. state of North Carolina
Location in the U.S. state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°23′12″N 81°24′46″W / 35.38667°N 81.41278°W / 35.38667; -81.41278
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
 • Land0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
978 ft (298 m)
 • Total6
 • Density53.10/sq mi (20.48/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code704
FIPS code37-16820[3]
GNIS feature ID2406373 [4]

Dellview is an inactive incorporated town in Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. Its population was 13 at the 2010 census[5] but dropped to 6 as of the 2020 census.[6]

Dellview is located in the Muddy Fork watershed, a tributary of Buffalo Creek flowing to the Broad River in South Carolina. The town collects no taxes from its residents, almost all of whom are relatives. Dellview also doesn't request any state money. The town has no police department, nor a water or sewer system.[7] Since it is inactive, the town has no elected officials or municipal elections,[8] and is now governed by Gaston County.

Dellview Road, the community's only paved road, forms the town's northern border. North of it lies the town of Cherryville.[9]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[10]


Dellview was incorporated as a town in 1925 as a political gesture. Gaston County law prohibited the shooting of stray dogs that crossed onto a citizen's land. The law was disliked by two families of the Dellinger name, who were both poultry farmers. They complained that stray dogs were raiding their chicken coops on their farms, which neighbored each other. To remedy the situation, the Dellingers petitioned fellow kinsman David R. Dellinger, who was a North Carolina state representative, to propose a bill to the General Assembly for incorporating the Dellinger's farms into a town known as "Dellview" (the clipped form of Dellinger merged with the word "view"). The bill passed, formally incorporating the town in 1925. Immediately thereafter, the town leaders passed an ordinance allowing for the citizens to shoot any stray dog that crosses onto their property.[11]

No one for Dellview responded to a Census Mapping Survey in 1978, and as a result, the town was declared inactive, and thereby the governing rights were transferred fully back to Gaston County. In 1980, the decision was reversed after a citizen petitioned, but the town was declared inactive once again on the Census 2000.[12] For many years, the town of Dellview enjoyed the distinction of being the smallest incorporated community in the state.[13][11]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Dellview NC ZIP Code". 2023. Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dellview, North Carolina. US Board on Geographic Names. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved on 2008-07-04.
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Dellview town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  6. ^ Stradling, Richard (August 12, 2021). "Adjust your scorecard: These are NC's largest cities, new census count says". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on 2021-08-12.
  7. ^ "Gaston County: Natural Resources: Muddy Creek Watershed". Archived from the original on 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  8. ^ Gaston County Municipal elections: Dellview
  9. ^ "Gaston County planning maps: Dellview (PDF)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Local History Articles by Robert Ragan: Robert Ragan Jan. 14, 2001 - Dec. 30, 2001". Gaston County Public Library. Archived from the original on 2014-12-24.
  12. ^ : Geographic Boundary Changes (37 North Carolina)
  13. ^ Gaston County: Municipalities Archived 2008-12-22 at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 35°23′12″N 81°24′46″W / 35.38667°N 81.41278°W / 35.38667; -81.41278