Lowell, North Carolina

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Lowell is a small city in Gaston County, North Carolina, United States and a suburb of both Charlotte and Gastonia. The population was 2,662 at the 2000 census.



Lowell is located at 35°16′2″N 81°6′4″W / 35.26722°N 81.10111°W / 35.26722; -81.10111 (35.267346, -81.101210)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²), all of it land. The South Fork Catawba River borders Lowell on the north and the city is part of the Cramerton Watershed.


Lowell was incorporated in 1879. It was named after Lowell, Massachusetts, in hopes the city would become a similar textile center. The settlement dates back to 1850, when Woodlawn Mill was built on the South Fork Catawba River. When grading was done for the Atlanta and Richmond Air Line Railway in 1870 and a small depot was built in the community, it was given the name "Wright’s Station", because the nearest resident was William Wright.[4][5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,662 people, 1,085 households, and 748 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,011.8 people per square mile (390.8/km²). There were 1,137 housing units at an average density of 432.2/sq mi (166.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.40% White, 6.46% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.31% of the population.

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