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History of Locust

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The City of Locust was established in western Stanly County in the late 1860s by German, Scotch Irish and English immigrants. The community was known as the "Crossroads." Many travelers came through on the way to neighboring counties Cabarrus, Anson and Mecklenburg.

A central well was dug close to the locust tree to serve the citizens of the community as well as travelers and their livestock as they were traveling through. As many as 25 families would do their washing there in a single day, since it was the only source of water.

In 1869 population in the "Crossroads" community had increased enough to warrant an application for the establishment of a post office. There was a meeting held to decide on a new name and a young girl in the community, Miss Maggie Howell, was present at a meeting to decide a proper name. Maggie happened to look out at a wooded plot where a large locust tree was in full bloom. Beyond the locust tree, plowed fields laid flat and the reddish clay dirt of the Charlotte Road stretched out level. Miss Howell suggested the name "Locust Level". And so it was called until May 29, 1894. The Level was dropped and it was simply called Locust.

Locust still serves as the crossroads to Charlotte, Albemarle, Concord and Monroe. It is a thriving community and represents opportunity for growth and expansion of businesses.

From Wikipedia


Locust NC is located in Western Stanly County on NC 24/27, 25 miles east of uptown Charlotte and only 11 miles from the 1-485 beltway (exit 41). Locust is near many other regional attractions including Reed Gold Mine (the site of the first discovery of gold in the U.S.), Charlotte Motor Speedway, historic Albemarle, Morrow Mountain State Park, the Uwharrie National Forest and Paramount's Carowinds, to name a few. The population was 2,416 at the 2000 census.

Locust is located at 35°16'2"N 80°25'36"W 35.26722°N 80.42667°W (35.267185, -80.426805).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 kmĀ²). None of the area is covered with water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,416 people, 922 households, and 712 families residing in the city. The population density was 470.5 people per square mile. There were 981 housing units at an average density of 191.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 94.91% White, 1.53% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 2.03% other races, and 0.91% from two or more races; Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.39% of the population.

There were 922 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,556, and the median income for a family was $50,987. Males had a median income of $35,614 versus $21,375 for females. Per capita income for the city was $19,250. About 3.2% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Locust, NC Statistics


To Concord. 17.0 miles
To Charlotte. 26.0 miles
To Stanfield 1.5 miles
To Oakboro 2.4 miles
To Albemarle 18.0 miles
To Monroe 24.0 miles
To Mt. Pleasant 10 miles
To Harrisburg 12 miles
Latitude: 35.27 N, Longitude: 80.43 W

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