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Lincolnton is a city in Lincoln Countymarker, North Carolinamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 9,966 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Lincoln Countymarker . The city and the county were named for Major General Benjamin Lincoln, who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.Lincolnton, a former textile mill town, is located northwest of Charlottemarker.


Lincolnton is located at (35.474160, -81.242811) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.2 km²), of which, 8.2 square miles (21.2 km²) of it is land and 0.12% is water.

Lincolnton is currently the location of the largest Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits restaurant in the United States of America.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,965 people, 3,878 households, and 2,613 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,219.4 people per square mile (470.9/km²). There were 4,146 housing units at an average density of 507.4/sq mi (195.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.05% White, 13.48% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 4.15% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.96% of the population.

There were 3,878 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,684, and the median income for a family was $39,949. Males had a median income of $29,615 versus $21,768 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,667. About 14.4% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.4% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.


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