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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,956
Male Share of the Population45.1%
Female Share of the Population54.9%
Senior Citizens18.7%
Employed Population 16+6,591
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married40.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.9%
Median Earnings25+$25,399
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,879
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,342

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,550
% Above Poverty Level77.2%
% Below Poverty Level22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone38.9%
Median Gross Rent$585
Median House Value$105,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25%
German10.5%
English9.1%
Irish8.7%
Scottish2.4%
Italian2%
French Except Basque1%
Polish0.8%
Dutch0.7%
Swedish0.4%
African0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Jamaican0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Greek0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Lenoir Almanac

CategoryValue
County Caldwell County
Standard Zip Codes28645
Company Zip Codes28633
Phone Area Codes828
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.9
Approximate Longitude-81.53

Lenoir Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLENOIR
Distance0.4 miles
Jan Temp26 to 48 F
Apr Temp42 to 70 F
Jul Temp65 to 88 F
Oct Temp44 to 71 F
Annual Precip49.2 inches
StationMORGANTON
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp25 to 49 F
Apr Temp43 to 70 F
Jul Temp65 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 71 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationBLOWING ROCK 1 NW
Distance18.6 miles
Jan Temp21 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp59 to 76 F
Oct Temp41 to 60 F
Annual Precip67.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Drexel1,966$51,500
Gamewell3,967$43,506
Granite Falls4,686$65,504
Hudson3,733$58,536
Rhodhiss1,026$38,750
Rutherford College1,434$57,768

Lenoir Public Libraries

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

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Lenoir Hospitals

Caldwell Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
321 Mulberry Street Sw
(828) 757-5100

Lenoir Public Schools

Davenport A+ School
901 College Avenue Sw
ZIP: 28645
(828) 754-6941
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Gamewell Elementary
2904 Morganton Boulevard
ZIP: 28645
(828) 758-1193
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Gamewell Middle
3210 Gamewell School Road
ZIP: 28645
(828) 754-6204
Middle
Total Enrollment 606
Happy Valley Elementary
1350 Yadkin River Road
ZIP: 28645
(828) 754-3496
Primary
Total Enrollment 272
Hibriten High
1350 Panther Trail Se
ZIP: 28645
(828) 758-7376
High
Total Enrollment 824
Kings Creek Elementary
3680 Wilkesboro Boulevard
ZIP: 28645
(828) 754-6039
Primary
Total Enrollment 218
Lower Creek Elementary
630 Lower Creek Drive Ne
ZIP: 28645
(828) 754-4022
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
Oak Hill Elementary
4603 Oak Hill School Road
ZIP: 28645
(828) 754-6128
Primary
Total Enrollment 123
Valmead Elementary
111 Elizabeth Drive Nw
ZIP: 28645
(828) 754-9612
Primary
Total Enrollment 197
West Caldwell High
300 W Caldwell Drive
ZIP: 28645
(828) 758-5583
High
Total Enrollment 900
West Lenoir Elementary
125 Maple Drive Nw
ZIP: 28645
(828) 754-5161
Primary
Total Enrollment 179
Whitnel Elementary
116 Hibriten Drive Sw
ZIP: 28645
(828) 728-6423
Primary
Total Enrollment 334
William Lenoir Middle
332 Greenhaven Drive Nw
ZIP: 28645
(828) 758-2500
Middle
Total Enrollment 507
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