is a town in Catawba and Lincoln counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Maiden is also known as "The Biggest Little Football Town in the World". The population was 3,282 at the 2000 census.
The Catawba County portion of Maiden is part of the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Lincoln County portion is part of the Lincolnton Micropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.4 km²), of which, 4.7 square miles (12.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.84%) is water.
Maiden is home to the Maiden High School Blue Devils and is considered "the biggest little football town in the world".
The current mayor is Robert L. Smyre. He was preceded by Zane Hudson. Smyre was also a barber in town for