Locust, North Carolina

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Locust, North Carolina
Nickname(s): "The City with a Soul"
Location of Locust, North Carolina
Location of Locust, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°16′2″N 80°25′36″W / 35.26722°N 80.42667°W / 35.26722; -80.42667Coordinates: 35°16′2″N 80°25′36″W / 35.26722°N 80.42667°W / 35.26722; -80.42667
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Stanly, Cabarrus
 • Total 8.1 sq mi (21.1 km2)
 • Land 8.1 sq mi (21.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 719 ft (219 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,930
 • Density 360/sq mi (139.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28097
Area code(s) 704
FIPS code 37-38860[1]
GNIS feature ID 0988837[2]

Locust is a small rural city in Stanly and Cabarrus counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 2,930 at the 2010 census.[3]


Locust is located in southwestern Stanly County at 35°16′2″N 80°25′36″W / 35.26722°N 80.42667°W / 35.26722; -80.42667 (35.267185, -80.426805).[4] Through annexations, the city limits now extend west into Cabarrus County. Locust is bordered by the town of Stanfield to the south.

The center of Locust is at the intersection of combined North Carolina Highway 24/27 with North Carolina Highway 200. NC 24/27 leads east 15 miles (24 km) to Albemarle and west to the Charlotte area. Via NC 27 it is 25 miles (40 km) to the Charlotte center city. NC 200 leads northwest to US 601 and provides a route to Concord, 15 miles (24 km) away, and leads southwest 22 miles (35 km) to Monroe.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Locust has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21.1 km2), with no significant water bodies.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,416 people, 922 households, and 712 families residing in the city. The population density was 470.5 people per square mile (181.5/km²). There were 981 housing units at an average density of 191.0 per square mile (73.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.91% White, 1.53% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 2.03% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.39% of the population.

There were 922 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,556, and the median income for a family was $50,987. Males had a median income of $35,614 versus $21,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,250. About 3.2% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

The area is served by the The Weekly Post, a weekly newspaper.


  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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Locust city, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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