The county seat of Lincolnton, the only incorporated municipality, lies in the center of the County, only minutes from Interstates 40 and 85, with quick access to the cities of Hickory, Gastonia and Charlotte. Towns and cities include Boger City, Crouse, Daniels-Rhyne, Denver, Iron Station, Laboratory, Long Shoals, Pumpkin Center and Vale. Lincolnton’s population of just over 10,000 proudly claims the title of “The Quiet Side of Charlotte” and along with the rest of the County, feel they are North Carolina’s best-kept secret. A National Main Street Community, Lincolnton’s stately courthouse and wonderfully maintained downtown district allow visitors and residents to experience a slower pace of life. Steeped in history as well as scenic beauty, many historical sites lie scattered throughout the region.
The western part of Lincoln County offers farms and homesteads in the steeply rolling hills with views of the towering mountains beyond. The eastern portion, around Lake Norman, retains the feeling of small resort communities hugging the shores of the beautiful water. Lake Norman has 520 miles of shoreline that stretches across four counties and contains over 32,000 acres of water, making it a sportsman’s dream come true. Sailing, swimming, fishing and jet-skiing keep the residents busy and satisfied. Many of the small communities upon the Lake also offer top quality golf courses for the more land-inclined residents.
High standards of family living remain vital to the residents of Lincoln County. A strong emphasis is placed on education within both the public school system and the large amount of private schools available. Ten colleges and universities service the area, including The University of North Carolina in Charlotte and Lenoir Rhyne in Hickory.
Lincoln County residents enjoy a mild climate with a scant seven inches of snow per year, average annual high temperatures of 70 degrees and annual lows of 43. Indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities abound year round. NASCAR racing is nearby along with a wealth of professional and collegiate sports games. The rural nature of the County lends itself to hiking and biking, camping and climbing.
While mainly a rural area, new businesses are discovering Lincoln County, North Carolina. Low taxes and excellent quality of life as well as numerous state and local business incentives make Lincoln County a place to investigate for relocating of businesses or families. With a deep commitment to preserving its natural beauty and historic charm, as well as its nearness to the more modern amenities of big-city living, Lincoln County truly owns the best of both worlds.