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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Housing
    B
  3. Nightlife
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
  5. Diversity
    B+
  6. Jobs
    C
  7. Weather
    B
  8. Cost of Living
    A-
  9. Health & Fitness
    B
  10. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  11. Commute
    B-
Cleveland County is located in North Carolina with a population of 97,159. In Cleveland County, most residents own their homes. Many families live in Cleveland County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Cleveland County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$114,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$698
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    157.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    18.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    45.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    64.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    877.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,457.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    9.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Cleveland County

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,393
National
$55,322

Cleveland County Reviews

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If you love nature and being close to the mountains then Cleveland county is the place to live. Cleveland county has a strong history in bluegrass music and Kings mountain historical battleground is in Cleveland county. Cleveland county is home to moss lake as well as the broad river. You can also find Gardner Web University in this county.
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If I could change something about Cleveland County it would be the amount of jobs available. All of the main jobs are about 30 minutes from my current residence. Cleveland County is considered small town living so competition is all over for the best jobs. We make do with the resources we have and try our hardest as a community.
I love it here but you also have to drive a good distance to get to work or per say the grocery store, which does make it hard on gas. I would still live here because the country life is very enjoyable. In the future for this area, I possibly see another lake in formation because of the fishing and swimming everyone is fond of.