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Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 South Caldwell Street, Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Total Population157,974
Total Households68,076
Average Age41

Age % The Population

0-14 years18.9%
15-24 years11.5%
25-34 years11.2%
35-44 years13.0%
45-54 years14.8%
65+ years13.5%
55-64 years16.1%

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Household Income

Year Median HHI PCI
2021$46,154 $26,033

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Workforce Education

Level Total %
Less than High School11,81414.5%
High School Graduate23,69829.0%
Some College18,18922.3%
Associates Degree9,29511.4%
Bachelor's Degree12,95115.9%
Graduate/Professional Degree5,6436.9%

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Labor Force77,032
Unemployment Rate4.9%

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Largest Employers

Largest Employers
Catawba Memorial Hospital
Frye Regional Medical Center
Corning Cable Systems LLC
GKN Driveline

Charlotte USA regional counties

Employment By Industry

Industry Emp. % Emp.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining 408 0.44%
Construction 3,110 3.35%
Manufacturing 24,184 26.06%
Transportation and Warehousing 4,625 4.98%
Information 614 0.66%
Wholesale Trade 4,533 4.88%
Retail Trade 11,176 12.04%
FIRE 1,953 2.1%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,060 3.30%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,002 2.16%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management Services 6,835 7.37%
Educational Services 4,678 5.04%
Health Care and Social Assistance 10,431 11.24%
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 1,321 1.42%
Accommodation and Food Services 7,128 7.68%
Other Services, except Public Administration 3,183 3.43%
Public Administration 3,149 3.39%

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Catawba County possesses a diverse economy with a strong manufacturing climate along with extensive retail and residential developments. Outlook Americas has ranked three Catawba County municipalities in the top five Best Manufacturing Small Towns in the Country. Some of the diversified manufacturing sectors that call Catawba County home include machining and metal working, plastics, cable and furniture.

The Hickory Metro area has been named the 10th Best Place to Live and Raise a Family in the United States by Reader’s Digest. Business North Carolina magazine also reported that Catawba County’s largest city, Hickory, was the eighth best city in the state for its quality of life.

Catawba County Economic Development Corporation
Scott Millar
P.O. Box 3388
Hickory, NC 28603

  Charlotte Regional Partnership
Ronnie Bryant
550 South Caldwell St.
Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202