Catawba County, North Carolina
|Catawba County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Catawba tribe|
|• Total||414 sq mi (1,072 km2)|
|• Land||400 sq mi (1,036 km2)|
|• Water||14 sq mi (36 km2), 3.27%|
|• Density||355/sq mi (137/km²)|
- 1 History
- 2 Law and government
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Education
- 6 Points of interest
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Notable people
- 9 Communities
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Further reading
- 13 External links
Law and government
Catawba County is a member of the regional Western Piedmont Council of Governments.
- Alexander County, North Carolina - north
- Iredell County, North Carolina - east
- Lincoln County, North Carolina - south
- Burke County, North Carolina - west
- Caldwell County, North Carolina - northwest
- Mecklenburg County, North Carolina - southeast
||Caldwell County||Alexander County|
|Burke County||Iredell County|
|Lincoln County||Mecklenburg County|
As of the census of 2010, there were 154,358 people, 55,533 households, and 39,095 families residing in the county. The population density was 354 people per square mile (137/km²). There were 59,919 housing units at an average density of 150 per square mile (58/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.1% White, 8.5% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, and 1.14% from two or more races, 9.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 55,533 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $43,536, and the median income for a family was $47,474. Males had a median income of $30,822 versus $23,352 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,358. About 6.50% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.
- Catawba County is served by Catawba County Schools.
- Hickory is served by the Hickory City School System.
- Lenoir–Rhyne University
- Catawba Valley Community College-(CVCC)
- Appalachian Center at Hickory- (Formerly HMHEC)
- NC Center for Engineering Technologies
- Gardner–Webb University- Hickory Center
- The Catawba County Library System serves the residents of Catawba County. The library system has location in Conover, Newton, Claremont, Maiden, SW Hickory, St. Stephens, and Sherrills Ford.
- The City of Hickory is served by the Hickory Public Library System. The library system operates 2 libraries: The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library at the SALT Block, and the Ridgeview Library serving SW Hickory.
Points of interest
- Catawba County FireFighters Museum- Conover
- Catawba County Museum of History- Newton
- Hickory Aviation Museum- Hickory
- Hickory Museum of Art- Hickory
- Catawba County Science Center- Hickory
- Bunker Hill Covered Bridge
- Murrays Mill
- Bakers Mountain
- L.P. Frans Stadium
Music and performing arts
- Newton Conover Auditorium
- The Green-Room Theatre
- Western Piedmont Symphony
- Hickory Community Theatre
Other points of interest
- Valley Hills Mall- Hickory
- Lake Norman
- Lake Hickory- Hickory
- Lake Lookout- Conover
- River Bend Park- Conover
- Conover Station- Conover
- Rock Barn Golf and Spa- Conover- Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn
- Conover Parks- Conover
- Hickory Parks and Recreation- Hickory
- Newton Parks and Recreation- Newton
The county's primary commercial aviation airport is Hickory Regional Airport in Hickory.
- Greenway Public Transportation bus service serves the cities of Conover, Hickory, and Newton.
- Conover has been designated as a future passenger rail stop along the Western North Carolina Rail Line running from Salisbury, North Carolina to Asheville, and running through Catawba County.
Catawba County is a freight railroad transportation center with approximately 20 freight trains a day. This is largely due to the areas strong manufacturing based economy, centered around Catawba County.
- Dale Jarrett-NASCAR Driver.1999 Winston Cup Champion
- Ryan Newman-NASCAR Driver.
- Michael Waltrip-NASCAR Driver.
- Morgan Shepherd-NASCAR Driver.
- Matt Kenseth-NASCAR Driver.
- Rob Moroso-NASCAR Driver.
- Robert Huffman-Former NASCAR Driver.
- Ned Jarrett-Former NASCAR Driver.
- Glenn Jarrett-Former NASCAR Driver.
- Tommy Houston-Former NASCAR Driver.
- Jeremy Mayfield- Suspended NASCAR Driver.
- Bobby Isaac-1970 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion.
- Dennis Setzer-NASCAR Driver.
- Jason Line – NHRA Pro Stock driver.
- Elliott Forbes-Robinson –Sports car driver in Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
- Pauletta Pearson Washington- wife of actor Denzel Washington, Actress.
- James Best- Actor (actually lives in Alexander Co.).
- Matthew Settle- Actor.
- Rachel Lee Carter- professional model, beauty queen, Christian speaker, actress, author and Bible teacher.
- Tom Constanten-Musician, composer, former member of The Grateful Dead and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Tori Amos-Musician songwriter.
- Madison Bumgarner- 2010 World Series Champion Pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
- Ryan Succop- American football Placekicker for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Rick Barnes- Coach for Texas Longhorns men's basketball.
- Chris Washburn-American former professional basketball player.
- Paul Burris-Pitcher for Boston/Milwaukee Braves.
- Chad Lail-Professional Wrestler known as Gunner in TNA Wrestling.
- Chris Hughes-Co-founder of Facebook.
- The Cockman Family -Bluegrass musicians.
- Margeret "Sparky" Sparkman-(1916-2012) Nationally Known as the "Gourd Lady", she has made 2 appearances on The Jay Leno Show.
The county is divided into eight townships: Bandy's, Caldwell, Catawba, Clines, Hickory, Jacobs Fork, Mountain Creek,and Newton.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Freeze, Gary R. The Catawbans: Crafters of a North Carolina County, 1747-1900 Catawba County Historical Association, 1995. ISBN 0-9702776-2-8.
- Freeze, Gary R. The Catawbans: Pioneers in Progress, Vol. 2. Catawba County Historical Association, 2002.