Lincolnton, NC

Lincolnton, situated in Lincoln County, is a city made up of 8.2 square miles.

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The area around Lincolnton was settled in the late 1700s. The Battle of Ramsour's Mill took place in Lincolnton, in which British loyalists fought Patriot forces. Boger City was annexed and became a part of Lincolnton in 1986.  

Lincolnton NC is located within Lincoln County, North Carolina and is the seat of the county. It is situated northwest of Charlotte. It lies on the Catawba River system and entails a bit more than 8 square miles.  

The population of Lincolnton NC is about 11,000. The County of Lincoln was previously part of Tryon County. When the new County of Lincoln split off, it and the town of Lincolnton were named in honor of Revolutionary War General Ben Lincoln.
The official establishment of Lincolnton was in 1785. The town was built around the courthouse, with four main streets and 100 initial lots. North Aspen, South Aspen, West Main, and East Main divided the town into four quadrants. 

According to the Lincolnton County website, there were 48 white people and 44 slaves living in 1790s Lincolnton NC. By 1816 the town decided to add additional lots, bringing the total to 161. From the money obtained via the lot sale the town built the Pleasant Retreat Academy in 1821, followed by another one for girls a few years later. 

The Battle of Ramsour's Mill occurred here on June 20, 1780. This was part of the British maneuvers to control America's colonies in the South during the Revolutionary War. And, it was a battle between neighbors and friends.

The Loyalist army of about 1,300 soldiers led by John Moore lost to an American militia force 1/3 that size. The result was a weakened support of the Crown by the Loyalists in the Southern part of the country.

The militia was led by General Griffith Rutherford. He ordered LTC Francis Locke to build up the forces at Mountain Creek, a dozen or so miles from Lincolnton. After making contact near Ramsour's Mill, the Patriots secured a ridge line, flanking the Loyalists. Rutherford sent in the cavalry.

Locke's line fell apart and he ordered his men to retreat. But, Captain John Dickey decided to move his riflemen company to higher ground, where they overwhelmed the Loyalists. Many Loyalists fled and several dozen were taken prisoner after their surrender.

North Carolina's first textile mill - a cotton mill - was built in Lincolnton in 1813. After being leveled by a flood in 1816, Michael Schenck - the original builder - and several others rebuilt, calling it the Lincoln Cotton Mills. It was operational until the early 1860s. And, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, with it's beautiful interior architecture was built in 1841.

Lincolnton County NC was one of NC's most populated counties by the 1840s. It was a large producer of wheat, apples, peaches, and milk and cheese. This was followed by extensive production of iron products, including bar iron and wrought iron tools.

By the mid 1840s, the town was thriving with business, including several attorneys, physicians, hotels, grocery stores, tailors, and other merchants. One of those businesses was a barber shop owned by Hiram Revels, the first black man to serve in Congress.

It was at this time, however, that Lincolnton County was divided to make way for several more counties (Catawba, Cleveland, and Gaston).

By the end of the 1840s the original 1,800 square miles of Lincolnton County had been divvied out, reducing it to just 300. Much of what was left had little economic value.

During the Civil War, Lincolnton saw its share of men in the fighting. At the Battle of Cedar Creek (Virginia) General Stephen Ramseur, a 27-year-old (yup, a 27-year-old general!) Lincolnton native, was killed in action.

He is buried in the town's cemetery. Interestingly enough, Dr. A. S. Piggott ran a medicine factory for the Confederate Army at the Confederate Laboratory in Lincolnton from 1863 - 1865.

Annexation of Boger City NC in 1995 increased the old town to its present day size.


The median resident age in Lincolnton is 38 years. The median estimated household income is about $31,000 making it about $17,000 less than the North Carolina average.

The estimated per capita is about $21,000. The average price for a home in Lincolnton is about $131,000 (2015) which is $29,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $660 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Lincolnton is 68% White, 13% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 17% other.

79% of the population are high school graduates, with 21% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 46% are married, 14% are divorced, 3% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 28% that have never been married.

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Lincoln County

Lincoln belongs to Lincoln County in the west-central part of North Carolina. In 1779, Lincoln County was formed from a part of Tyron County.

The county, named after Benjamin Lincoln, is part of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lincoln County has a population of 78,000 and its largest city Lincolnton, with a population of 11,000, is the county seat.

Lincoln County borders Iredell, Catawba, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Burke, and Gaston counties.

Lincoln County is made up of 307 square miles. 298 of which is land with the remaining 9 as water.


The population of Lincolnton, NC is about 10,500. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.


The elevation of Lincolnton, NC is 856 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Lincolnton, NC is 28092.

Area Code

The area code for Lincolnton, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Lincolnton and Lincoln County have voted mostly Republican, with 69% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 46% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 50% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 4%.


The unemployment rate for Lincolnton is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Lincoln Herald and Lincoln Times-News are the primary newspapers that cover the Lincoln County area.


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