Caldwell County is part of the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir Metropolitan Statistical Area, the fourth largest MSA in North Carolina. Caldwell County is home to approximately 78,000 people in a four-county MSA of more than 300,000.
Caldwell County is served by a county-wide government, which operates from the county seat in Lenoir. It is administered by a county manager who reports to a five-member commission elected at large. The county is further governed by eight incorporated towns and cities, each of which have an elected mayor and council. Ranked by population, the incorporated communities are Lenoir, Sawmills, Granite Falls,Gamewell, Hudson, Cajah’s Mountain, Rhodhiss and the Village of Cedar Rock. The population of Caldwell County is 77,415. Lenoir is the most populous at 16,793.
Encompassing thirteen fire departments, three emergency response medical service bases and three rescue squads, the county’s emergency response network meets the needs of the residents. In addition, three municipalities—Lenoir, Granite Falls, and Hudson—employ a full-time police force. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department provides law enforcement services for the rest of the county. The North Carolina Highway Patrol Station is off US 321 in Hudson.
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