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Time Zone: Cleveland County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Shelby is the Seat for Cleveland County.

Cleveland County was founded in 1841. Cleveland was created by taking area from Lincoln and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Cleveland had a population of 99,274 people. This is an increase of 3.1% since the last Census (which gave a population of 96,287 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Cleveland represented 1.2% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 24th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201098,078+1.86%-1.2% since 2009
200999,274+3.1%+0.24% since 2008
200899,034+2.85%+0.74% since 2007
200798,307+2.1% 
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200096,287The Last Census

More information can be found on the Cleveland County Census Page for Cleveland County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Cleveland County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Cleveland County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Shelby   21,36619,4779.7% increase  
Kings Mountain   11,1479,69315% increase  
Boiling Springs   3,9503,8662.17% increase  
Belwood   1,0269626.65% increase  
Kingstown   8488450.36% increase  

Websites for Cleveland County

Official Website:   www.clevelandcounty.com/

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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