Locust, situated in Stanly and Cabarrus Counties, is a small town made up of 8.1 square miles.
August 2, 2017
The town was founded in the 1860s as Locust Level, and the town would receive its modern name of Locust a few years later.
The median resident age in Locust is 40 years. The median estimated household income is about $54,000 making it about $6,000 more than the North Carolina average.
The estimated per capita is about $25,000. The average price for a home in Locust is about $159,000 (2015) which is $1,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $900 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Locust is 88% White, 5% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, and 5% other. 88% of the population are high school graduates, with 14% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.
57% are married, 10% are divorced, 4% are separated, 8% are widowed, leaving 21% that have never been married.
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Locust belongs to Stanly County in the center part of North Carolina. The County, named after John Stanly, is part of the Albemarle, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Stanly County has a population of 60,000 and its largest city Albemarle, with a population of 16,000, is the county seat.
The area which is now Stanly County used to home to tribes of Mound Builders and hunter-gatherers whose relics have dated to 10,000 years ago.
In the mid 1800's a large amount of European settlers arrived; some seeking religious freedom. The County was formed from part of Montgomery County in 1841.
Stanly County borders Rowan, Montgomery, Davidson, Anson, Union, and Cabarrus Counties.
Stanly County is made up of 405 square miles. 395 of which is land with the remaining 10 as water.
Locust belongs to Cabarrus County in the south-central part of North Carolina. The County, named after Stephen Cabarrus, is part of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Cabarrus County has a population of 192,000 and its largest city Concord, with a population of 86,000, is the county seat.
In 1792, the county was formed from a part of Mecklenburg County. In the 1750's the area of modern day Cabarrus County was settled by Scots-Irish and German immigrants. The two groups came together and chose Concord to be the location of the county seat in 1796. Concord was officially incorporated in 1806.
One of the first major gold finds in America was in located in southeastern Cabarrus County in 1799; the piece of gold weighed 17 pounds. This find started the gold mining of the county.
Cabarrus County borders Rowan, Union, Stanly, Mecklenburg, and Iredell counties.
Cabarrus County is made up of 364 square miles. 362 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.
The population of Locust, NC is about 2,900. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1930s.
The elevation of Locust, NC is 719 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Locust, NC is 28097.
The area code for Locust, NC is 704.
Historically speaking Locust and Stanly and Cabarrus Counties have voted mostly Republican, with 70% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 33% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 65% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 2%.
The unemployment rate for Locust is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average of around 5%.
Construction and manufacturing make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.