Boiling Springs, NC

Boiling Springs, situated in Cleveland County, is a small town made up of 4.4 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Boiling Springs, NC

June 22, 2018

The town, incorporated in 1911, is part of the Charlotte metropolitan area. Boiling Springs is home to the Gardner-Webb University, and is named after the natural springs on University property.

Early settlers arrived in the area in 1843, and the Greenes, Hamricks, and the McSwains were the first families to settle. The Boiling Springs Baptist Church was built in 1847, and was one of the first buildings in the town. It was a poor town in that time having no industries, no railroads, no paved streets, and very few stores.

In the 1900's Sandy Run Associations and Kings Mountain Baptist were looking for a place to put their high school, and Boiling Springs attracted them to build in their town. The school authorities didn't want the sale of alcohol or cigarettes near the school, and the town was incorporated in 1911 to ban those items.

The incorporation in town caused Boiling Springs to have a government that would not only help the town grow, but also caused Boiling Springs to have police, fire protection, water, garbage collection, and paved streets.


The median resident age in Boiling Springs is 24 years. The median estimated household income is about $64,000 making it about $19,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $24,000. The average price for a home in Boiling Springs is about $141,000 (2013) which is $14,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Boiling Springs is 82% White, 12% Black, 3% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and 1% other. 90% of the population are high school graduates, with 49% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 42% are married, 6% are divorced, 5% are widowed, leaving 47% that have never been married.

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Cleveland County

Boiling Springs belongs to Cleveland County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, is part of the Shelby, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Cleveland County has a population of 98,000 and its largest city Shelby, with a population of 20,000, is the county seat.

In 1841, the county was created from parts of Rutherford and Lincoln counties. Benjamin Cleveland, an American Revolutionary War colonel who fought in the Battle of King's Mountain, is who the county was named for. The county was spelled "Cleaveland" until 1887 when it was changed to it's modern spelling "Cleveland".

Cleveland County borders Burke, Lincoln, Gaston, York (South Carolina), Cherokee (South Carolina), and Rutherford counties.

Cleveland County is made up of 468 square miles. 464 of which is land with the remaining 4 as water.


The Population of Boiling Springs, NC is about 4,650.


The elevation of Boiling Springs, NC is 912 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Boiling Springs, NC is 28017.

Area Code

The area code for Boiling Springs, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Boiling Springs and Cleveland County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 38% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 60% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 1%, and 1% other.


The unemployment rate for Boiling Springs is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Educational services, manufacturing, and retail make more than 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Shelby Star is the primary newspaper that covers the Cleveland County area.