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Community Profile

Elevation: 860
City: 7.8 square miles – Incorporated 1779
County: 308 square miles –  Incorporated 1786

Nearby Cities

Charlotte, NC – 28 miles
Hickory, NC – 20 miles
Winston-Salem, NC – 80 miles


County – 93,095
City – 11,818

County – 86,111
City – 11,200

County – 84,092
City – 10,945

County – 82,557
City – 10,781

County – 79,829
City – 10,536

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Labor Analysis

Labor Force (County) End 2019 – 44,048
Unemployment rate: 3.5%

Labor Force (County) End 2018 – 43,003
Unemployment rate: 3.5%

Community College Average Enrollment (2014) – 6142
Wage or Labor Survey Available: Yes

Taxes (Rates Effective July 1, 2019)

Real Property Rates/$100 Assessment
City*: 0.56  / 100%
County**: 0.599 / 100%

Real property tax based on rate/$100 of actual value
* Includes a $.05 recreation tax
**Plus various fire, sewer district tax rates

Financial Institutions

BB&T, Bank of America, Carter National Bank, Fifth Third Bank, First Citizens Bank, First Federal Savings Bank, Peoples Bank, Bank OZK & United Bank


Type of Government
City: Manager/Council
County: Manager/Commission

Police Dept. Personnel
City: Full Time – 32 / Part Time – 2

Sheriff Personnel:
County: Full Time – 183 / Part Time – 38

Fire Dept. Personnel:
City: Full Time – 23 / Volunteer – 10
County: Full Time – 16 / Volunteer – 350

Ambulance Service: Yes
Rescue Squads: Yes

Utilities & Services

Power Supplier: Duke Energy Corporation
Power Distributors: City of Lincolnton, Duke Energy Corporation, Energy United, & Rutherford Electric

Distributors: City of Lincolnton & Lincoln County
City Water Source: South Fork River
County Water Source: Lake Norman
City Maximum Daily Capacity: 9,000,000
County Maximum Daily Capacity: 3,990,000
City Peak Load: 5,700,000
County Peak Load: 3,000,000
City Storage Capacity (Elevated): 2 million gals
County Storage Capacity (Elevated): 2.5 million gals
City Storage Capacity (Ground): 5 million gals
County Storage Capacity (Ground): 2 million gals

Sewer System for City & County
Treatment Plant: Secondary
City Capacity: 6.0 mil. Gals
County Capacity: 975,000 Gals
Available Surplus/City: 1.25 mil. Gals
Available Surplus/County: 645,000 Gals
Separate Storm Sewer System: Yes, City only

Solid Waste Disposal
City: Yes
County: Yes
Private: Yes

Natural Gas
Supplier: Piedmont Natural Gas
Distributor: Piedmont Natural Gas
Fuel Oil & LP Gas: Yes
Coal: Yes


Highways Serving Area: 7
US Highway 321 to I-85 and I-40
(Highway 321 business, 16, 27, 73, 150 & 18)
Nearest Interstates: I-85, I-40, I-77, I-485

Railroad: CSX
Piggyback Service: Charlotte
Motor Freight Carrier: 35 Serving Areas

Nearest Commercial Airport: Charlotte Douglas
Number of Daily Flights: (approximately) 626 (Airlines: Delta, United, US Airways, American, Continental, Northwest Air, & Southwest)
Local Airport: Lincolnton/Lincoln County Airport
Runway Length: 5,500 ft. lighted
Air Freight Service: Yes

Charter Service: Yes

Parcel Service: UPS, Federal Express, & US Post Office


Newspaper: Lincoln Times-News
Daily Newspapers: 2

Radio Stations: 21

Cable Television: Spectrum
Business Services: Spectrum
Internet Service: Spectrum

Telephone Service: AT&T
Telegraph Service: AT&T
Post Office: Yes


Annual Average Temperature: 70 (high) / 43 (low)
Monthly Average Temperature
January – 48
July – 87

Annual Average Rainfall: 53”

Elevation: 860

Community Facilities

Churches: 164
Motels: 3
Shopping Centers: 11

Cultural Activities
Citizens Center/Auditorium: Symphony, Pageants and Craft Shows
Lincoln Cultural Center: Historical Museum, Performance Hall, Annual Nutcracker Performance, National League of Junior
Cotillion, Art Galleries, Reception/Exhibition Hall, Resource Library, Birthday Celebration, Choral Heritage Fest, Children’s Camps, Workshops and Art Shows
Lincoln Arts Council: Photography Competition, Art Shows, Art Crawl, Annual Art Festival, Literary Competitions, Antiques Fair, Kid’s Day, Arts in Schools Programs, Workshops and Concerts Lincoln Community Concert Association

Lincoln County Historical Association
Lincoln County Museum of History
Lincoln Theatre Guild: Rocky Horror Picture Show & Rock of Ages

Recreation Facilities (Public)

Movie Theatres: (Screens) 8
Parks: 5
Tennis Courts: 16

Public Golf Courses
Lincoln Country Club
Glen Oaks Country Club
Westport Country Club
Cherryville Country Club

Private Golf Courses
Cowan’s Ford Golf Club at Lake Norman
Verdict Ridge Golf and Country Club


Hospitals: 1 – Atrium Health Lincoln
Clinics: 2
Doctors: 73
Dentists: 14


Consolidated System: Yes
# of Schools
Elementary – 14
Middle – 4
High – 4

Elementary – K thru 5
Middle – 6 thru 8
High – 9 thru 12

Elementary – 5,497
Middle – 2,755
High – 3,874

Specialty Schools
Lincoln County School of Technology
Grades: 11-12
Subjects taught: Allied Health Service, Construction Technology, Automotive Technology, Electronics, Child Care, Computer Applications, Office Technology, & Technical Drafting

Lincoln Charter School
Locations in Lincolnton & Denver
Grades: K-12
Enrollment: 1155

Private Schools
Long Shoals Wesleyan
Grades: K-5
Enrollment: 78

Gaston Day

St. Michael’s Catholic

St. Joseph’s Lutheran

Southlake Christian Academy

Gaston College (Lincoln Campus)

Gaston College

Belmont Abbey

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Davidson College


Economic Development Program

County Development Program: Yes
Local Development Corporation: Yes
Chamber of Commerce: Yes

Manufacturers (Top 10 Manufacturers)

RSI Home Products, Inc

The Timken Company

Blum Inc

Medline Industries Inc.

Cataler North America

Robert Bosch Tool Corporation


UTC Fire & Security Americas.

Huskey Rack and Wire

G & W Laboratories

Why Join the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber?

"SEACORP Industry based in Lincolnton, has recently celebrated 25 years in business on August 1, 2023. As we reflect on the past 25 years, SEACORP would like to thank the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support. The Chamber provides networking opportunities for business, connects our local community with local and State Representatives, and provides educational programs for both members and the public. The Chamber not only supports my company through these connections, but also stamps all of our “Certificates of Origin.” These certificates of origin documents are used for international transactions certifying the product’s country of origin.

Thank you again to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce for their continued support of my business and for advocating on behalf of 500 members. The Chamber of Commerce improves the quality of life for our entire community. "

-Myra Heaver, Sea Express America Corporation dba SEACORP

"In my industry word-of-mouth and meeting new potential clients is key to growth. Joining the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber has been a valuable investment. Having the opportunity to network regularly, learn from other more experienced business owners and accessibility to other business tools has been transformative. I encourage all business owners that are ready to increase their visibility and community knowledge to join."

-Ingrid Russell, Owner, Ingrid Russell Photography/videography/Content

"We joined the Chamber prior to our opening in 2021 and have been so happy we did. They worked with us to have a ribbon cutting to highlight our grand opening, along with hosting several events with us since we've joined. We've been able to appeal to many new customers with these events that we may not have reached otherwise! It is a great way to involve yourself in the local business community with unlimited networking opportunities. "

-Rachel Herman, Broker/Realtor, Keller Williams Realty