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Overview

Introduction to Hickory, North Carolina

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.

History

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.

Transportation

Hickory is served by the Charlotte/Douglas Intl. Airport. The Piedmont Wagon Transit System provides transportation for the county.

Attractions

  • Hickory Museum of Art is recognized as the first museum in the Southeast to have a substantial collection of American art
  • Catawaba Science Center
  • Hickory Motor Speedway
  • Hickory Crawdads Minor League Baseball
  • Hiddenite Gems offers visitors the opportunity to dig and sluice for gems such as amethyst, emeralds, aquamarines, smoky quartz and sapphires
  • The Ivey Arboretum in Carolina Park features hundreds of rare trees and shrubs
  • Hickory Community Concert Association hosts concerts by well known performers
  • Hickory is well known as a major manufacturing and shopping area for furniture. The Hickory Furniture Mart is the most popular tourist attraction in the area

Higher Education

Hickory is home to Lenoir-Rhyne College, Catawba Valley Community College and HMHEC. Lenoir-Rhine College is a private liberal arts college.

Demographics

People

Total Population40,274
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens15.9%
Employed Population 16+18,084
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married46.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.8%
Median Earnings25+$30,863
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,305
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,400

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,213
% Above Poverty Level81.3%
% Below Poverty Level18.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone32.5%
Median Gross Rent$676
Median House Value$157,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.3%
German15.2%
English8.6%
Irish8.3%
Scottish2.9%
Italian2.3%
French Except Basque1.8%
Dutch1.6%
Polish1.2%
Swedish0.7%
Swiss0.7%
Russian0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Romanian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Norwegian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Afghan)0.3%
West Indian0.3%
African0.2%
Arab0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Bermudan0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Hickory Almanac

CategoryValue
County Catawba County
Standard Zip Codes28601, 28602
P.O. Box Zip Codes28603
Phone Area Codes828
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.77
Approximate Longitude-81.33

Hickory Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHICKORY RGNL AP
Distance2.4 miles
Jan Temp29 to 49 F
Apr Temp46 to 70 F
Jul Temp68 to 88 F
Oct Temp48 to 71 F
Annual Precip48.9 inches
StationMORGANTON
Distance18.3 miles
Jan Temp25 to 49 F
Apr Temp43 to 70 F
Jul Temp65 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 71 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationGASTONIA
Distance34.3 miles
Jan Temp29 to 50 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip44.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Conover8,263$53,404
Granite Falls4,686$65,504
Hildebran2,076$42,109
Long View5,071$38,094
Newton12,999$38,661
Rhodhiss1,026$38,750

Hickory Public Libraries

Hickory Public Library
375 3RD ST NE
Hickory, North Carolina
(828) 261-2275

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Hickory Hospitals

Frye Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
420 North Center St
(828) 315-5000
Catawba Valley Medical Center
(Government - Local)
810 Fairgrove Church Road
(828) 326-3800

Hickory Public Schools

Clyde Campbell Elementary
2121 35th Avenue Drive Ne
ZIP: 28601
(828) 256-2769
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Harry M Arndt Middle
3350 34th Street Drive Ne
ZIP: 28601
(828) 256-9545
Middle
Total Enrollment 663
Hickory Career Arts Magnet High School
409 8th Avenue Ne
ZIP: 28601
(828) 328-6738
Other
Total Enrollment 266
Hickory High
1234 3rd Street Ne
ZIP: 28601
(828) 322-5860
High
Total Enrollment 1018
Northview Middle
302 28th Avenue Ne
ZIP: 28601
(828) 327-6300
Middle
Total Enrollment 590
Oakwood Elementary
366 4th Street Nw
ZIP: 28601
(828) 322-1340
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Ray Childers Elementary
1183 Cape Hickory Road
ZIP: 28601
(828) 324-1340
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Saint Stephens High
3205 34th Street Drive Ne
ZIP: 28601
(828) 256-9841
High
Total Enrollment 1257
Snow Creek Elementary
3238 Snow Creek Rd
ZIP: 28601
(828) 256-2335
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
Viewmont Elementary
21 16th Avenue Nw
ZIP: 28601
(828) 324-7049
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
W M Jenkins Elementary
3750 N Center Street
ZIP: 28601
(828) 327-3491
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Webb A Murray Elementary
3901 Section House Road
ZIP: 28601
(828) 256-2196
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
Challenger Early College High
2550 Hwy 70 Se
ZIP: 28602
(828) 485-2980
High
Total Enrollment 368
Grandview Middle
451 Catawba Valley Boulevard
ZIP: 28602
(828) 328-2289
Middle
Total Enrollment 436
Longview Elementary
737 12th Street Sw
ZIP: 28602
(828) 485-0975
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Mountain View Elementary
5911 Dwayne Starnes Road
ZIP: 28602
(828) 294-2020
Primary
Total Enrollment 785
Southwest Elementary
1580 32nd Street Sw
ZIP: 28602
(828) 324-8884
Primary
Total Enrollment 322

Hickory Private Schools

Hickory Christian Academy
3260 6th St Dr Nw
ZIP: 28601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 381
Hickory Day School
2535 21st Ave Ne
ZIP: 28601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 65
Johnston Wm Elementary School
174 23rd St Nw
ZIP: 28601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
St Stephen Lutheran School
2304 Springs Rd Ne
ZIP: 28601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 173
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