Hickory is located in Catawba County in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city is recognized as the economic and cultural center of the Catawba River Valley. Hickory is situated in the nation's prominent furniture manufacturing region.
Hickory was established by Henry Weidner who migrated to the region from Montgomery Pennsylvania. In 1750, along with his brother-in-law he acquired a land grant which included thousands of acres of land. During the 1790's Henry Robinson built a tavern located under an enormous hickory tree in the northwest portion of Catawba County. The region took the name Hickory Tavern and the name stayed attached to the area for about 100 years. In 1859 the railroad reached Hickory Tavern and caused a significant increase in the population. In 1870 the city was incorporated and in 1891 Lenoir-Rhyne College was established by Lutheran pastors.
Hickory and the surrounding region is well known as a center for making furniture. Hickory White, formerly named Hickory Manufacturing Company is regarded as one of the oldest furniture manufacturing companies in the country. The "Miracle of Hickory" occurred in 1944 when a devastating outbreak of polio swept the region. During the outbreak the citizens in the area along with the March of Dimes built a hospital for the children who were victims of polio. They transformed buildings that were part of a summer camp and the hospital was ready for patients in two and a half days.
Hickory is served by the Charlotte/Douglas Intl. Airport. The Piedmont Wagon Transit System provides transportation for the county.
Hickory is home to Lenoir-Rhyne College, Catawba Valley Community College and HMHEC. Lenoir-Rhine College is a private liberal arts college.
Hickory strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Carolina):
Short Commute Times
Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
Comparing Hickory to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Carolina (State):
Ratings range from (lowest) to (highest).
|Female Share of the Population|
|Well-Paid Single Women|
|Children Under 5 Years Old|
|Well-Paid Single Men|
|Age of the Population|
|Male Share of the Population|
|Portion of People Married|
|Average Household Size|
|College Educated Adults|
|People in Middle Class or Better|
|People Above Poverty|
|Median Family Income|
|Short Commute Times|
|Walking and Biking to Work|
|Working at Home|
|Public Transportation Use|
|People Living Alone|
|Affordability of Rents|
|Affordability of Property Taxes|
|Seasonal and Vacation Housing|
|Housing Recently Built|
|Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals|
|Low Violent Crime|
|Low Property Crime|
|Nearest Medium City||33 miles N of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)|
|Nearest Large City||44 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Metro Area||Hickory - Morganton - Lenoir|
|Standard Zip Codes||28601, 28602|
|P.O. Box Zip Codes||28603|
|Phone Area Codes||828|
|Time Zone||Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)|
|Daylight Savings||The city observes Daylight Saving Time.|
Nearest Weather StationsNotes:
|Station||HICKORY RGNL AP|
|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|
|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|
|Jan Temp||29 to 50 F|
|Apr Temp||47 to 72 F|
|Jul Temp||69 to 89 F|
|Oct Temp||48 to 72 F|
|Annual Precip||44.8 inches|
|Average Family Size||2.98|
|American Indian & Alaskan||70||0.2%|
|Hispanic (included in categories above)||2,863||7.7%|
|Est. 2005 Population||40,232|
(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)
|Other (often includes Hispanic and African American)||33.1%|
|French (except Basque)||1.6%|
According to the US Postal Service, Hickory, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:Lenoir Rhyne (28601)
Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.
FRYE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
420 N CENTER ST
Emergency Service: Yes
CATAWBA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
810 FAIRGROVE CHURCH RD
Emergency Service: Yes
|(As of 2006)|
2525 Hwy 70 Se
1234 3RD STREET NE
Serves 1,306 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5
SAINT STEPHENS HIGH
3205 34TH STREET DRIVE NE
Serves 1,209 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8
CATAWBA VALLEY HIGH
409 8TH AVENUE NE
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 104 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8
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