Lincoln County, North Carolina
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Lincoln County Courthouse in Lincolnton
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Benjamin Lincoln|
|• Total||307 sq mi (800 km2)|
|• Land||298 sq mi (770 km2)|
|• Water||9.1 sq mi (24 km2) 3.0%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||295.63/sq mi (114.14/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 78,265. Its county seat is Lincolnton. Lincoln County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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." 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."
- Catawba County - north
- Iredell County - northeast
- Mecklenburg County - southeast
- Gaston County - south
- Cleveland County - west
- Burke County - northwest
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census 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.
- Lincolnton (county seat)
- Maiden (part)
- Catawba Springs
- Howards Creek
- North Brook
Politics, law and government
In February 2020, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department received media attention when surveillance video was released showing first a pair of Atrium Health security guards assaulting a sixteen-year-old boy brought to the hospital's emergency room. When another pair of sheriff's deputies arrived, video shows one of the deputies hitting the boy, now handcuffed, in the face twice as the boy spit blood pooling in his mouth after being tackled from behind by security guards. The deputy then aggressively approached the mother, yelling at her before being pulled to the ground by a second deputy, In an interview with WBTV, Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam defended his deputies saying they did nothing wrong, denying that the officer struck the boy or that the officer was physically restrained by two additional sheriff's deputies. They boy was arrested and charged with felony assault on a police officer.
- Gaston College - Community College located in Dallas, North Carolina with a satellite campus in Lincolnton offering associate degree, Certificate, and Diploma programs.
Lincoln County Schools
- East Lincoln High School
- Lincoln County School of Technology
- Lincolnton High School
- North Lincoln High School
- West Lincoln High School
- East Lincoln
- North Lincoln
- West Lincoln
- Pumpkin Center Intermediate School
- Catawba Springs
- G. E. Massey
- Iron Station
- Love Memorial
- Norris S. Childers
- North Brook
- Pumpkin Center Primary
- Rock Springs
- S. Ray Lowder
- St. James
- Lincoln Charter School
- Lincoln Theatre Guild
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Lincoln County, North Carolina
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- "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 4, 2021.
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- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
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- Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
- "Centralina Council of Governments". Retrieved August 10, 2019.
- "FULL INTERVIEW: Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam on teen assaulted outside ER". WBTV. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
- Ochsner, Nick. "Video shows teen assaulted by Atrium security, Lincoln Co. sheriff's deputy outside ER". WBTV. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
- Agosta, Carolyn Steele, "Two Weeks Every Summer, Stories from Camp Meeting", short stories inspired by Rock Spring Camp Meeting, Denver, NC, and Lincoln County, NC. https://www.carolynsteeleagosta.com
- Nixon, Joseph R. (1912). Hamilton, J. G. de Roulhac; Wagstaff, Henry McGilbert (eds.). "The German Settlers in Lincoln County and Western North Carolina". The James Sprunt Historical Publications. Chapel Hill, N. C.: University of North Carolina. 11 (2): 28–62. LCCN 13033017. OCLC 6286659. OL 7185018M – via Internet Archive.
- W. J. Hoke Camp, Confederate Veterans (1905). Roster of Confederate Soldiers in the War Between the States Furnished by Lincoln County, North Carolina, 1861–1865. Lincolnton, N. C.: Journal Print. OCLC 11769265. OL 22892493M – via Internet Archive.
- Official website
- NCGenWeb Lincoln County - free genealogy resources for the county
- Geographic data related to Lincoln County, North Carolina at OpenStreetMap