🇺🇸 Lincolnton is a city in Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States, within the Charlotte metropolitan area. The population was 10,486 at the 2010 census. Lincolnton is north-west of Charlotte, on the South Fork of the Catawba River. The city is the county seat of Lincoln County, and is the only legally incorporated municipality wholly within the county. Lincolnton is in central Lincoln County in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. U.S. Route 321, a four-lane freeway, passes through the east side of the city, leading north 20 miles (32 km) to Hickory and south 15 miles (24 km) to Gastonia. North Carolina Highway 27 is Lincolnton's Main Street and leads south-east 20 miles (32 km) to Mount Holly and west 16 miles (26 km) to Toluca. Charlotte is 37 miles (60 km) south-east of Lincolnton via US 321 and Interstate 85. The city is sited on the north-east side of the South Fork of the Catawba River, which flows south-east to join the Catawba River at the South Carolina border. Clark Creek joins the South Fork in the north-west part of the city.
Lincolnton has a population of over 10,486 people. Lincolnton also forms the centre of the wider Lincoln County which has a population of over 78,265 people. Lincolnton is situated 56 km north-west of Charlotte.