Population and Communities

Caldwell County’s population is 81,990, according to the most recent U.S. Census. There are eight incorporated communities, ranked by population as follows: Lenoir (county seat), Sawmills, Granite Falls, Gamewell, Hudson, Cajah’s Mountain, Rhodhiss and Cedar Rock. Lenoir is the center of government and commerce, and home to approximately one out of four county residents.

Geography and Climate

Caldwell County encompasses 470 square miles, stretching from the rolling foothills in the southern end to the nearly 6,000 ft. Blue Ridge peaks in the north. Residents enjoy a pleasant four-season climate, with average temperatures of 76 degrees in July and 38 degrees in January. Average annual rainfall is 49 inches.

Business Relocation Services

The Caldwell County Economic Development Commission is ready to help make your expansion, relocation, or start-up a successful one. We can provide referrals for any of the following types of services:


  • Business Plan Development
  • Accounting and Payroll
  • Energy and Waste Management
  • Program and Market Identification
  • Technical Assistance


  • New Business-Start Ups
  • Government Grants and Loans
  • Relocating a Manufacturing or Technology Company
  • Purchasing an Existing Business
  • Financial Assistance Identification and Acquisition
  • Lender Referrals


  • Available Buildings and Sites


  • Technology Transfer
  • Employee Recruitment and Retention
  • Workforce Development
  • Product Development, Engineering and Promotion
  • Quality Control


  • Construction, Environmental, Regulatory and Safety Permits

These services are provided either free of charge or for a nominal fee. We can also assist you in exploring the many State and Federal incentives and grants available to qualifying Caldwell County businesses.

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