Introduction to Kings Mountain, North Carolina

Kings Mountain, North Carolina, in Cleveland County, is 8 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina and 28 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kings Mountain History

Kings Mountain was originally known as White Plains. It was renamed Kings Mountain because of its proximity to the area where the historic Battle of Kings Mountain was fought. W.A. Mauney was the first European to settle in the area. He built a home and a cotton mill, opened a store, and constructed roads and pathways through the wilderness. The city was incorporated on February 11, 1874.

Kings Mountain and nearby Attractions

  • Gaston County Museum of Art and History
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • Cowpens National Battlefield
  • Historic Rosedale Plantation

Things To Do In Kings Mountain

The Kings Mountain Fire Museum, the Museum of York County, the Lincoln County Museum of History and the Schiele Museum are some of the local museums, while nearby historic sites include Cowpens National Battlefield, the Historic Rosedale Plantation, Kings Mountain National Military Park and the Historic Rural Hill Farm. Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain National Military Park and Kings Mountain State Park offer recreational opportunities like hiking, picnicing, biking and boating.

Kings Mountain Transportation

Charlotte/Douglas International is the nearest major airport.

Kings Mountain Higher Education

Belmont Abbey College, Gaston College and Cleveland Community College are some of the nearby colleges.


Total Population 10,792
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,374
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 42.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $47,944
% Above Poverty Level 81.9%
% Below Poverty Level 18.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $694
Median House Value $102,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.7%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 7.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kings Mountain Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Cleveland
Standard Zip Codes 28086
Phone Area Codes 704
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.245
Longitude -81.341

Kings Mountain Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 51 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 51 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bessemer City 5,455 $44,410
Cherryville 5,868 $52,105
Gastonia 73,211 $48,306
Grover 1,037 $43,438
Patterson Springs 662 $32,500
Waco 322 $49,583

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kings Mountain Public Libraries

Jacob Mauney Memorial Library
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
(704) 739-2371

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Kings Mountain Hospitals

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(704) 739-3601
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 19

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Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

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