Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its county seat is Lincolnton. Lincoln County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county was formed in 1779 from the eastern part of Tryon County, which had been settled by Europeans in the mid-18th Century. It was named for Benjamin Lincoln, a general in the American Revolutionary War.” During the American Revolution, the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill occurred near a grist mill in Lincolnton.


As of the census of 2010, there were 78,265 people, 30,343 households, and 22,221 families residing in the county. The median income for a household in the county was $42,456, and the median income for a family was $48,298. Males had a median income of $41,441 versus $30,480 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,861.