Sawmills, NC

Sawmills, situated in Caldwell County, is a town made up of 6.63 square miles.

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Sawmills was founded in 1800s. The town was incorporated in 1988.


The median resident age in Sawmills is 43 years. The median estimated household income is about $41,000 making it about $7,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $20,000. The average price for a home in Sawmills is about $97,000 (2015) which is $63,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Sawmills is 92% White, 1% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 5% other. 75% of the population are high school graduates, with 10% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 49% are married, 18% are divorced, 3% are separated, 7% are widowed, leaving 23% that have never been married.

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Caldwell County

Sawmills belongs to Caldwell County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Joseph Caldwell, is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Caldwell County has a population of 83,000 and its largest city Lenoir, with a population of 18,000, is the county seat.

In 1841, the county was formed from parts of Wilkes and Burke counties.

Caldwell County borders Avery, Burke, Catawba, Alexander, Wilkes, and Watauga counties.

Caldwell County is made up of 474 square miles. 472 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.


The population of Sawmills, NC is about 5,200. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1990's.


The elevation of Sawmills, NC is 1,247 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Sawmills, NC is 28630.

Area Code

The area code for Sawmills, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Sawmills and Caldwell County have voted mostly Republican, with 67% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 42% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 57% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Sawmills is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, retail, and food service make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

News Topic and The Caldwell Journal are the primary newspapers that cover the Caldwell County area.


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