- Caldwell County, North Carolina
Infobox U.S. County
county = Caldwell County
state = North Carolina
map size = 250
founded = 1841
seat = Lenoir | area_total_sq_mi =474
area percentage = 0.57%
census yr = 2000
pop = 77415
web = www.co.caldwell.nc.us
The county was formed in 1841 from parts of Burke County and Wilkes County. It was named for
Joseph Caldwell, presiding professor (1796-1797, 1799-1804) and the first president (1804-1812, 1816-1835) of the University of North Carolina.
A series of reductions in the county's territory followed. In 1847 parts of Caldwell County, Iredell County, and Wilkes County were combined to form Alexander County. In 1849 parts of Caldwell County, Ashe County, Wilkes County, and Yancey County were combined to form Watauga County. In 1861, parts of Caldwell County, Burke County, McDowell County, Watauga County, and Yancey County were combined to form Mitchell County. Finally, in 1911 parts of Caldwell County, Mitchell County, and Watauga County were combined to form Avery County.
Law and government
The county is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners, who appoint a County Manager.
Caldwell County is a member of the regional
Western Piedmont Council of Governments.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 474
square miles (1,228 km²), of which, 472 square miles (1,221 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 km²) of it (0.57%) is water. Caldwell County is divided into three distinct geographic sections: the Blue Ridge Mountains, which dominate the northern and western parts of the county; the gently rolling Piedmont country in the middle and southern parts of the county; and the Brushy Mountains, an isolated remnant of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The "Brushies", as they are often called, run across much of Caldwell County's eastern section. Hibriten Mountain, located within the city limits of Lenoir, the county's largest city, marks the western end of the Brushy Mountain range. In the western part of the county is the Wilson Creek area .
Watauga County, North Carolina- north
Wilkes County, North Carolina- northeast
Alexander County, North Carolina- east
Catawba County, North Carolina- southeast
Burke County, North Carolina- south
Avery County, North Carolina- northwest
Blue Ridge Parkway(part)
Pisgah National Forest(part)
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 77,415 people, 30,768 households, and 22,399 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 164 people per square mile (63/km²). There were 33,430 housing units at an average density of 71 per square mile (27/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.74% White, 5.46% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 2.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 30,768 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,739, and the median income for a family was $41,665. Males had a median income of $28,820 versus $21,850 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $17,353. About 7.60% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.10% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Notable Natives or Residents
Claude Baker, composer
Etta Baker, musician
William Horton Bower, US Congressman
Jim Broyhill, US Congressman and US Senator
Claudia Church, country music artist
Eric Church, country music artist
Clinton A. Cilley, mayor of Lenoir and Medal of Honor recipient
Dr. Linda Combs, U.S. government official
Rick Hendrix, Grammy Award winning producer, writer
*William Lenoir, soldier and statesman
Kary Mullis, scientist and Nobel laureate
William C. Newland, NC Lt. Governor
George W. Petrie Jr., Major, United States Army(Retired), a Green Beret, first man on the ground on the Son TayRaid to rescue prisoners of war held in North Vietnamin 1970; Caldwell County's most decorated soldier of the Vietnam war; last U.S. Army Special Forces Officer to leave South Vietnam during the Fall of Saigon, April 30th, 1975; two time recipient of the Silver Star. [ [http://www.psywarrior.com/stawards.html Son Tay Awards for Valor] ]
James Pritchett, actor
Dr. Vaughn Starnes, Considered the foremost pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon in the world, he made history performing the first successful 'living related' lung transplant.Fact|date=May 2008
Major League Baseballplayers:
Madison Bumgarner, drafted 10th by the San Francisco Giantsin the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, graduate of South Caldwell High School and a member of the Caldwell County Post 29 American Legion baseball team.
* [http://www.caldwellcountync.org Caldwell County government official website]
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