Introduction to Conover, North Carolina

Conover, North Carolina, in Catawba County, is 30 miles N of Gastonia, North Carolina and 39 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is part of the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metropolitan area. About 6,604 people live in Conover.

Conover History

The present-day territory of Conover was settled in 1871 after Francis Smyre purchased a portion of land on which to build a home. Initially, the region was known as Wye Town. The community's name was initially changed to Canova, which eventually became Conover. Conover was officially chartered in 1876, and incorporated as a city in 1877. Development in the region began in the 1880s. The first postmaster of Conover was Noah Townsend.

Conover and nearby Attractions

  • Hickory Museum of Art
  • Lake Norman State Park
  • Firefighters Museum of Catawba County
  • Historic Rosedale Plantation
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park

Things To Do In Conover

Kings Mountain National Military Park is a historic site near Conover. Lake Norman State Park offers boating, swimming, camping, hiking, fishing and picnicking opportunities. Historic Rosedale Plantation, Historic Rural Hill Farm, the Hickory Museum of Art, the Lincoln County Museum of History and the Catawba Science Center are some of the museums and historical sites in the area. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Catawba Springs Golf Course. Mast General Store, which has been in operation since 1883, is also a popular local attraction.

Conover Transportation

Air transportation is available from Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Conover Higher Education

Catawba Valley Community College, Gaston College and Central Piedmont Community College are all accessible from Conover.


Total Population 8,221
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 19.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,379
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 49.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $47,075
% Above Poverty Level 79.1%
% Below Poverty Level 20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.3%
Median Gross Rent $675
Median House Value $141,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.6%
US/American 0%
English 8%
Irish 6.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Conover Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles N of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Catawba
Metro Area Hickory - Morganton - Lenoir
Standard Zip Codes 28613
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.706
Longitude -81.218

Conover Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.4 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
Station LENOIR
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 42 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.2 inches
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 49 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Catawba 688 $59,886
Claremont 1,394 $63,281
Hickory 40,172 $55,128
Long View 5,050 $36,522
Maiden 3,346 $52,023
Newton 12,980 $38,683

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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