Introduction to Mount Holly, North Carolina

Mount Holly, North Carolina, in Gaston County, is 10 miles E of Gastonia, North Carolina and 10 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina. Part of the surrounding Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metro area, Mount Holly is home to some 9,618 residents.

Mount Holly History

Mount Holly was named after the Mount Holly Cotton Mill, which was originally owned by A.P. and D.E. Rhyne. The area’s prosperity led citizens to petition for Mount Holly official incorporation, which occurred on March 11, 1879.

Mount Holly and nearby Attractions

  • Afro-American Cultural Center
  • Historic Rosedale Plantation
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • Crowders Mountain State Park
  • Carowinds
  • Levine Museum of the New South

Things To Do In Mount Holly

Local museums include the Mint Museum of Art, the Carolinas Aviation Museum and the Charlotte Museum of History. Nearby historical sites include the Historic Rosedale Plantation, the Historic Rural Hill Farm, the Latta Plantation and the President James K. Polk State Historic Site. Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Kings Mountain State Park and Lake Norman State Park are some of the popular nearby parks and recreational areas. Carowinds and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden are each accessible from Mount Holly as well.

Mount Holly Transportation

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is nearby.

Mount Holly Higher Education

Belmont Abbey College, Gaston College and Carolinas College of Health Sciences are all nearby.


Total Population 13,815
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 6,681
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 48.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.4%
Median Earnings25+ $37,797
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,494
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,434


Median Family Income $65,702
% Above Poverty Level 85.8%
% Below Poverty Level 14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 33%
Median Gross Rent $725
Median House Value $160,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.5%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 8.3%

Mount Holly Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles E of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Gaston
Metro Area Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill
Standard Zip Codes 28120
Phone Area Codes 704
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.298
Longitude -81.016

Mount Holly Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.8 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
Distance 7 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 31.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 10,346 $68,250
Cramerton 4,212 $81,489
Lowell 3,561 $60,680
McAdenville 617 $70,125
Ranlo 3,471 $49,545
Stanley 3,591 $56,000
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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