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Toll Free: 800-554-4373

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

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Total Population155,126
Total Households61,337
Average Age40.8

Age % The Population

0-14 years18.8%
15-24 years12.3%
25-34 years11.7%
35-44 years13.3%
45-54 years14.7%
65+ years13.4%
55-64 years15.9%

ESRI 2014

Household Income

Year Median HHI PCI

ESRI 2014

Workforce Education

Level Total %
Less than High School18.1%
High School Graduate30.7%
Some College21.3%
Associates Degree9.3%
Bachelor's Degree14.2%
Graduate/Professional Degree6.4%

ESRI 2014


Labor Force72,602

ESRI 2014

Largest Employers

Largest Employers
Catawba Memorial Hospital
Frye Regional Medical Center
Corning Cable Systems LLC
Hickory Springs Mfg. Co.

Charlotte USA regional counties

Employment By Industry

Industry Emp. % Emp.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining 0.6%
Construction 5.1%
Manufacturing 25.4%
Transportation, Utilities 4.6%
Information 0.9%
Wholesale Trade 3.5%
Retail Trade 11.5%
FIRE 3.9%
Services 41.7%
Public Administration 2.7%

EMSI 2014


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