Kings Mountain, North Carolina
The downtown of Kings Mountain along Battleground Avenue
The Historical City
Location of Kings Mountain, North Carolina
|Named for||Battle of Kings Mountain|
|• Mayor||Scott Neisler|
|• City Manager||Marilyn Sellers|
|• Total||13.63 sq mi (35.31 km2)|
|• Land||13.42 sq mi (34.77 km2)|
|• Water||0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)|
|Elevation||1,007 ft (307 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||818.09/sq mi (315.85/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0988003|
Kings Mountain is a small suburban city within the Charlotte metropolitan area in Cleveland and Gaston counties, North Carolina, United States. Most of the city is in Cleveland County, with a small eastern portion in Gaston County. The population was 10,296 at the 2010 census. During the Revolutionary War, Patriot militia defeated Loyalist militia in the Battle of Kings Mountain.
Originally the settlement was called White Plains, but when the city was incorporated on October 16, 1874, and the name was changed. It was decided that "Kings Mountain" would be a more appropriate name since the community was close to the historic 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain in York County, South Carolina, a turning point in the American Revolutionary War.
The Battle of Kings Mountain was proclaimed as "the turning point of the American Revolution" by Thomas Jefferson. Liberty Mountain, a play performed at the local theater, recounts the events of the battle. The downtown area is home to the museum, police station, and the Mauney Memorial Library.
The Central School Historic District, King Street Overhead Bridge, Margrace Mill Village Historic District, Jacob S. Mauney Memorial Library and Teacher's Home, Southern Railway Company Overhead Bridge, and West End Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.6 km2), of which 12.3 square miles (31.9 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 1.98%, is covered with water.
Kings Pinnacle is a small mountain located at the southeastern point of the city. Standing at 1705 feet, it is the highest point in the Kings Mountain Belt of manadnock formations. It is one of the two mountains in Crowders Mountain State Park, where cleared trails lead to the pinnacle.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,296 people, 4,597 households, and 2,674 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,187.1 people per square mile (458.1/km2). There were 4,064 housing units at an average density of 497.7 per square mile (192.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.85% White, 21.55% black, 0.15% Native American, 1.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.
There were 3,821 households, out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,415, and the median income for a family was $39,137. Males had a median income of $32,444 versus $22,201 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,920. About 13.4% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.2% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over.
Greyhound Lines began scheduled intercity bus service on April 20, 2010. The station is housed at Battleground Petroleum, 726 York Rd., off Interstate 85. The close proximity to I-85 was a major factor in relocating this station from nearby Gastonia, North Carolina.
- Otto Briggs (1891–1943), former professional baseball player
- Dremiel Byers (born 1974), amateur Greco-Roman wrestler who was a World Champion and part of two Olympic teams (2008, 2012)
- Jake Early (1915–1985), former MLB player and 1943 All-Star selection
- Kevin Mack (born 1962), former NFL player and two-time Pro Bowl selection
- Tim Moore (born 1970), NC Speaker of the House
- John Henry Moss (1919–2009), Minor League Baseball executive and longtime Mayor of Kings Mountain
- Laura Moss (born 1973), actress
- Madisyn Shipman (born 2002), actress in Game Shakers
- Sandor Teszler (1903–2000), textile executive and philanthropist
- Jimmy Wayne (born 1972), country music singer and songwriter
- Will Wilson (born 1998), professional baseball shortstop in the San Francisco Giants organization
- Kings Mountain National Military Park
- Battle of Kings Mountain
- Parker Hannifin
- Indian (motorcycle)
- Lincoln Academy
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