Kings Mountain, NC

Kings Mountain, situated in Cleveland and Gaston County, is a suburban city near Charlotte made up of 12.6 square miles.

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The town was established as White Plains, with the name changing to Kings Mountain upon its incorporation in 1874. The town was named in honor of the Battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.  

Demographics

The median resident age in Kings Mountain is 43 years. The median estimated household income is about $40,000 making it about $8,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $20,000. The average price for a home in Kings Mountain is about $111,000 (2015) which is $49,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Kings Mountain is 72% White, 22% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 5% other. 84% of the population are high school graduates, with 11% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 39% are married, 16% are divorced, 4% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 31% that have never been married. 

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Kings Mountain belongs to both Cleveland and Gaston County

Cleveland County

Cleveland County is located 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.

Gaston County

Gaston County is located in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after William Gaston (past member of NC Supreme Court), is part of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Gaston County has a population of 206,000 and its largest city Gastonia, with a population of 72,000, is the county seat.

Immigrants who first arrived in the county were mainly English, Scots Irish, and Pennsylvania Dutch. The early settlers built a fort("Fort at the Point") where the South Fork and Catawba Rivers connect because of tensions with the Cherokee Indians, but were never attacked. Most of the hostilities ended when the controversy of land boundaries between North and South Carolina resolved, and the Catawba tribe moved to a reservation in South Carolina.

Gaston County borders Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, and York Counties.

Gaston County is made up of 364 square miles. 356 of which is land with the remaining 8 as water.

Population

The population of Kings Mountain, NC is about 10,000. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.

Elevation

The elevation of Kings Mountain, NC is 1,007 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Kings Mountain, NC is 28086.

Area Code

The area code for Kings Mountain, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Kings Mountain and Cleveland and Gaston counties 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 unafiliated (Nones). About 60% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 2%.

Economy

The unemployment rate for Kings Mountain is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Manufacturing, retail, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Shelby Star, Kings Mountain Herald, and The Gaston Gazette are the primary newspapers that cover the Cleveland and Gaston counties area.


 

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