Catawba, North Carolina

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Catawba, North Carolina

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High Points

Catawba strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Carolina):

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Racial Diversity
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Top 3% trophy Catawba Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Catawba, North Carolina

Comparing Catawba to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Carolina (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 10 9
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Senior Citizens 7 6
Age of the Population 6 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5
Well-Paid Single Men 5 5
Male Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 9
Portion of People Married 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 8
Median Family Income 6 6
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6
College Educated Adults 5 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 6 5
Walking and Biking to Work 5 4
Public Transportation Use 4 4
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 7
Housing Recently Built 5 2
People Living Alone 2 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 2
Affordability of Rents 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 4 7
Low Property Crime 4 8

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Catawba Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles N of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Catawba
Metro Area Hickory - Morganton - Lenoir
Standard Zip Codes 28609
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.707
Longitude -81.075

Catawba Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 50 F
Apr Temp 43 to 73 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 49 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48.9 inches
Distance 25.8 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 43.3 inches
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Catawba Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 698 100%
Male 318 45.6%
Female 380 54.4%
Under 18 160 22.9%
18+ 538 77.1%
65+ 122 17.5%
Median Age 37.9
Average Family Size 2.93
White 460 65.9%
African-American 212 30.4%
Asian 7 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 15 2.1%
Mixed Race 4 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 39 5.6%

Estimated Catawba Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 739
Growth 41
Growth % 5.9%

Catawba Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.3%
US/American 20.6%
German 18%
English 4.2%
Scotch-Irish 3.6%
Irish 3.4%
Italian 1%
African 1%
European 1%
Dutch 1%
Swedish 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Catawba, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Longisland (28609)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Catawba 698 $42,083
Claremont 1,038 $49,886
Conover 6,604 $48,681
Maiden 3,282 $44,063
Newton 12,560 $44,330
Statesville 23,320 $41,694
Troutman 1,592 $47,569
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Serves 981 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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