Cleveland County, North Carolina

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Cleveland County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 96,287. Its county seat is Shelby[1].



The county was formed in 1841 from parts of Lincoln County and Rutherford County. It was named for Benjamin Cleveland, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War, who took part in the Battle of King's Mountain. From 1841 to 1887 "Cleaveland" was the spelling used; the present spelling was adopted in 1887.[2]

Law and government

Cleveland County is a member of the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission regional council of governments.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 469 square miles (1,214.7 km2), of which 465 square miles (1,204.3 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.85%) is water.


The county is divided into eleven townships, which are both numbered and named: 1 (River), 2 (Boiling Springs), 3 (Rippy), 4 (Kings Mountain), 5 (Warlick), 6 (Shelby), 7 (Sandy Run), 8 (Polkville), 9 (Double Shoals), 10 (Knob Creek), and 11 (Casar).

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