Cleveland, NC

Cleveland, situated in Rowan County, is a small town made up of 1.5 square miles.

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The town was named after Colonel Benjamin Cleveland during the Revolutionary War.  


The median resident age in Cleveland is 40 years. The median estimated household income is about $55,000 making it about $7,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $25,000. The average price for a home in Cleveland is about $130,000 (2015) which is $30,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Cleveland is 65% White, 24% Black, 3% Two or more races, and 8% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 13% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 46% are married, 17% are divorced, 5% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 27% that have never been married.

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Rowan County

Cleveland belongs to Rowan County in the Piedmont (center) part of North Carolina. The County, named after Matthew Rowan, is a part of the Charlotte Metropolitan Area, has a population of 138,500. The County's largest city and seat, Salisbury, has a population of 33,700.

Rowan County borders Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, and Stanly counties.

Rowan County is made up of 524 square miles. 511 of which is land with the remaining 13 as water.


The population of Cleveland, NC is about 900. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1990's.


The elevation of Cleveland, NC is 807 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Cleveland, NC is 27013.

Area Code

The area code for Cleveland, NC is 704 and 980.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Cleveland and Rowan 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, 54% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 44% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Cleveland is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Retail, manufacturing, and agriculture make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

News Observer and North Carolina Obituaries are the primary newspapers that cover the Rowan County area.