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Cleveland County is located in west-central North Carolina. The County Seat is Shelby and the largest city is Shelby. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.clevelandcounty.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 97,076 and the 2010 census population was 98,083. The land area is 464.25 square miles and there are 211.3 persons per square mile.
76.5% of the population is White, 20.7% is Black or African American, 3.1% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.9% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.5% is two or more races. 82% have a high school degree or higher, and 16.3% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $106,100, there are 37,760 households, an average of 2.53 persons per household. The per capita income is $20,062, the median household income is $38,989, and 19.3% of the persons in Cleveland County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 7,891. Retail sales (in $1000) were $928,777, and sales per capita were $9,448. The percentage of black-owned firms is 7.7%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 22.8%.
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