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Catawba County, NC

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Catawba County

Located less than one hour northwest of Charlotte, Catawba County possesses a diverse economy specialized in manufacturing with extensive retail and residential development. Catawba County’s largest city, Hickory, is the commercial and retail center of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton MSA, the only MSA contiguous to the Charlotte MSA.

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Catawba County

Catawba County

Making. Living. Better.

Catawba County and its municipalities consistently rank high in national lists and publications. ranks the Greater Hickory Metro as having the lowest business costs in the nation for 2018.

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Making. Living. Better.

Catawba County

Quick Facts


Population 25 and Older


Labor Force


Median Household Income


Per Capita Income

3.5 Percent

Unemployment Rate

24 Percent

High School Diploma

16 Percent

Bachelor's Degree

28 Percent

Manufacturing Employment

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Catawba County Economic Development Corporation