Lenoir, North Carolina

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Lenoir is a city in Caldwell County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 16,793 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Caldwell County.[3] Lenoir is located in the Blue Ridge foothills. The city also contains the Brushy Mountains, a spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hibriten Mountain, located within the city limits of Lenoir, marks the western end of the Brushy Mountains range. The city was named for Revolutionary War figure and early North Carolina statesman General William Lenoir, who lived nearby. His restored home is a tourist attraction.[4]

Lenoir is one of the principal cities in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Lenoir was one of the recipients of the 2008 All-America City Award.[5]



The Broyhill Furniture company, one of the largest furniture companies in the United States and part of Furniture Brands International, has its headquarters in Lenoir and has historically been one of the town's largest employers. The Bernhardt and Fairfield furniture companies are also located in Lenoir. However, in the 1990s, these companies began outsourcing some work overseas, and they have closed several of Lenoir's furniture factories and laid off workers. Now the medical and education sectors are the largest employers in the area.

Google, Inc. has a server farm, or "data center," located in Lenoir.[6] There was controversy over the nature, amount, and potential benefits of economic development incentives that the City of Lenoir, Caldwell County and the State of North Carolina gave Google in 2007 to induce the company to build the server farm. [7] [8]


Lenoir is located at 35°54′30″N 81°31′48″W / 35.90833°N 81.53°W / 35.90833; -81.53 (35.908438, -81.530012).[9]

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