Catawba, North Carolina

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Catawba, North Carolina
Location of Catawba, North Carolina
Location of Catawba, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°42′35″N 81°4′33″W / 35.70972°N 81.07583°W / 35.70972; -81.07583Coordinates: 35°42′35″N 81°4′33″W / 35.70972°N 81.07583°W / 35.70972; -81.07583
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Catawba
 • Total 4.0 sq mi (10.3 km2)
 • Land 3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 886 ft (270 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 603
 • Density 154/sq mi (59.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28609
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-10980[1]
GNIS feature ID 1019559[2]

Catawba is a town in Catawba County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 603 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area. As with the county, the name recalls the Catawba people, the indigenous people who once inhabited the area.


The Catawba Historic District, Alexander Moore Farm, Murray's Mill Historic District, and Powell–Trollinger Lime Kilns are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


Catawba is located on the northeastern border of Catawba County at 35°42′35″N 81°4′33″W / 35.70972°N 81.07583°W / 35.70972; -81.07583 (35.709853, -81.075734).[5] Its northeastern boundary is the shore of the Catawba River in Lake Norman.

North Carolina Highway 10 passes through the center of the town, leading north 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to Exit 138 on Interstate 40 and southwest 10 miles (16 km) to Newton. U.S. Route 70 crosses NC 10 north of the center of Catawba and leads east 12 miles (19 km) to Statesville and west 16 miles (26 km) to Hickory.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Catawba has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km2), of which 3.9 square miles (10.2 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.60%, is water.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 604 people, 270 households, and 208 families residing in the town. The population density was 262.6 people per square mile (117.7/km²). There were 285 housing units at an average density of 124.7 per square mile (48.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 65.90% White, 30.37% African American, 1.00% Asian, 2.15% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.59% of the population.

There were 270 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,031, and the median income for a family was $42,083. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $21,645 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,933. About 8.2% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Catawba town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.