Cities in Cleveland County, North Carolina by Population (2024)

There are 22 cities in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

Note: As defined by the US Census Bureau, a city's official boundaries often extend miles beyond the city itself and may even cross county lines. As such, several thousand US cities officially exist in two or more counties (and therefore appear on multiple counties' lists of cities.)

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2024 Population
2020 Census
Annual Change
Density (mi²)
Area (mi²)
Gastonia1North Carolina84,78280,5241.27%1,59853.07
Shelby2North Carolina21,75821,952-0.22%97322.35
Kings Mountain3North Carolina12,09111,1851.91%86114.04
Cherryville4North Carolina6,3276,0870.96%1,0905.80
Boiling Springs5North Carolina4,7374,6250.6%1,0574.48
Belwood6North Carolina8768620.46%7112.30
Grover7North Carolina8128040.25%8490.96
Ellenboro8North Carolina7367240.41%5821.26
Kingstown9North Carolina6666600.3%3781.76
Fallston10North Carolina6376270.47%2942.17
Patterson Springs11North Carolina5835770.34%5681.03
Lawndale12North Carolina5775730.17%7150.81
Polkville13North Carolina5245160.38%2811.86
Light Oak14North Carolina481873-16.93%3351.44
Lattimore15North Carolina4194050.96%4091.02
Waco16North Carolina3143120.32%3750.84
Caroleen17North Carolina307447-10.23%2771.11
Casar18North Carolina3063040.33%1751.75
Mooresboro19North Carolina3002940.67%1701.77
Henrietta20North Carolina237455-17.99%4060.58
Earl21North Carolina1991931.01%2310.86
Cliffside22North Carolina141707-50%612.33

Note: City markers shown outside the county boundary mean that a part of the city extends into this county, but is primarily located in an adjacent county.

What is the largest city in Cleveland County, North Carolina?

Gastonia is the largest city in Cleveland County.

What is the smallest city in Cleveland County, North Carolina?

Cliffside is the smallest city in Cleveland County.

How many cities are in Cleveland County?

There are 22 cities in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

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