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Catawba County, NC

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Attracting thriving businesses in the telecomm, advanced textiles, automotive and data center industries, Catawba County is situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. The county makeup consists of quaint towns, busy cities, rolling countryside, and lakes. Hickory, Newton-Conover, and Maiden are among the popular business hubs, which center on a legacy furniture manufacturing industry, healthcare, and energy.

Catawba County celebrates and supports its vibrant business community by developing a talented workforce through Catawba Valley Community College and Lenoir-Rhyne University, and actively growing its pro-business climate. Through the Edison Project competition, the region seeks out talented entrepreneurs and innovative business start-ups and assists with a viable business launch in the Greater Hickory Metro area.

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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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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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Catawba County

Quick Facts


Total Population


Labor Force


Median Household Income


Median Age

4.1 Percent

Unemployment Rate

30.2 Percent

High School Diploma

10.5 Percent

Associate Degree

15.4 Percent

Bachelor's Degree

Scott Millar

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Catawba County Economic Development Corporation