Caldwell County is located in west-central North Carolina. The County Seat is Lenoir and the largest city is Lenoir. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.caldwellcountync.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 81,484 and the 2010 census population was 83,029. The land area is 471.57 square miles and there are 176.1 persons per square mile.
92.2% of the population is White, 5.1% is Black or African American, 4.9% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.7% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.4% is two or more races. 75.7% have a high school degree or higher, and 12.5% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $105,800, there are 31,417 households, an average of 2.59 persons per household. The per capita income is $19,228, the median household income is $34,357, and 19.5% of the persons in Caldwell County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 7,021. Retail sales (in $1000) were $648,606, and sales per capita were $8,173. The percentage of black-owned firms is 1.7%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 22.5%.
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