Introduction to Lenoir, North Carolina

Lenoir, North Carolina, in Caldwell county, is 49 miles NW of Gastonia, North Carolina and 61 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is included in the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 16,793 people lived in Lenoir.

Lenoir History

The original settlement that occupied the land Lenoir sits on today was known as "Tucker's Barn". It was named after the Tucker family, early settlers in the area. The Tucker family's home became a gathering place for various occasions. Lenoir was officially established in 1791 as the county seat of Caldwell County. It was named after William Lenoir, a general in the American Revolutionary War and a participant in the Battle of King’s Mountain.

Lenoir and nearby Attractions

  • Caldwell Heritage Museum
  • Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
  • Hickory Museum of Art
  • Catawba Science Center
  • South Mountains State Park

Things To Do In Lenoir

The Caldwell Heritage Museum, the Catawba Science Center and the Hickory Museum of Art are all accessible from Lenoir. The Mast General Store has been in operation since the 1880s. At the Lake James State Park, visitors can indulge in activities like swimming, boating, fishing, camping and picnicking. Tweetsie Railroad, a theme park, is another popular destination close to Lenoir. Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city also offers easy access to Hibriten Mountain and the Brushy Mountains. In addition, residents of Lenoir organize the Caldwell County Fair and the Blackberry Festival every year.

Lenoir Transportation

The closest major airport is Charlotte/Douglas International.

Lenoir Higher Education

The city of Lenoir is home to the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. The Catawba Valley Community College, Lees-McRae College and Wilkes Community College are nearby as well.


Total Population 18,061
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 6,841
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 43.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.3%
Median Earnings25+ $25,843
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,035
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,691


Median Family Income $44,320
% Above Poverty Level 77%
% Below Poverty Level 23%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 37.4%
Median Gross Rent $588
Median House Value $104,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.9%
US/American 0%
English 10%
Irish 7.7%

Lenoir Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 49 miles NW of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 61 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Caldwell
Metro Area Hickory - Morganton - Lenoir
Standard Zip Codes 28645
Company Zip Codes 28633
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.913
Longitude -81.539

Lenoir Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station LENOIR
Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 42 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.2 inches
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 49 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 59 to 76 F
Oct Temp 41 to 60 F
Annual Precip 67.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lenoir, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Brown Mountain Beach (28645)

Edgemont (28645)

Joyceton (28645)

Kings Creek (28645)

Laytown (28645)

Mortimer (28645)

Upton (28645)

Valmead (28645)

Warrior (28645)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Drexel 1,662 $50,769
Gamewell 3,996 $45,568
Granite Falls 4,694 $55,649
Hudson 3,744 $61,274
Rhodhiss 988 $34,107
Rutherford College 1,092 $61,071

Lenoir Public Libraries

Caldwell County Public Library
Lenoir, North Carolina
(828) 757-1288

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Lenoir Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
PO BOX 1890
(828) 757-5100
Emergency Service: Yes

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