Lincoln County, North Carolina

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Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 63,780. Its county seat is Lincolnton[1].



The county was formed in 1779 from the eastern part of Tryon County. It was named for Benjamin Lincoln, a general in the American Revolutionary War.[citation needed]

In 1782 the southeastern part of Burke County was annexed to Lincoln County. In 1841 parts of Lincoln County and Rutherford County were combined to form Cleveland County. In 1842 the northern third of Lincoln County became Catawba County. In 1846 the southern half of what was left of Lincoln County became Gaston County.[citation needed]

Law and government

Lincoln County is a member of the regional Centralina Council of Governments.[citation needed]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 307 square miles (795 km²), of which, 299 square miles (774 km²) of it is land and 8 square miles (21 km²) of it (2.68%) is water.


The county is divided into five townships: Catawba Springs, Howards Creek, Iron Station, Lincolnton, and North Brook.

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