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

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Population

Total Population155,331
Total Households61,436
Average Age41.1

Age % The Population

0-14 years18.60%
15-24 years12.20%
25-34 years11.70%
35-44 years13.10%
45-54 years14.60%
65+ years13.50%
55-64 years16.30%

ESRI 2015

Household Income

Year Median HHI PCI
2015$43,208$23,786
2020$50,399$26,867

ESRI 2015

Workforce Education

Level Total %
Less than High School16.40%
High School Graduate24.10%
Some College21.70%
Associates Degree10.00%
Bachelor's Degree15.20%
Graduate/Professional Degree7.30%

ESRI 2015

Labor

Emp.
Labor Force77,306
Employed82,530
Unemployed2,741
Unemployment Rate5.70%

ESRI 2015

Largest Employers

Largest Employers
Catawba Memorial Hospital
Frye Regional Medical Center
Commscope
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 5.0%
Manufacturing 25.6%
Transportation, Utilities 4.8%
Information 1.0%
Wholesale Trade 3.4%
Retail Trade 11.7%
FIRE 3.9%
Services 41.0%
Public Administration 3.0%

ESRI 2015

Media

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

828-267-1564

catawbaedc.org

smillar@catawbacountync.gov
  Charlotte Regional Partnership
Ronnie Bryant
550 South Caldwell St.
Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202

704-347-8942

charlotteusa.com

rbryant@charlotteusa.com