Conover, North Carolina
|Conover, North Carolina|
|Nickname(s): "Wye Town", "Canova"|
|Motto: "Community and Industry"|
Location of Conover, North Carolina
|• Mayor||Lee E. Moritz, Jr.|
|• Total||10.9 sq mi (28.3 km2)|
|• Land||10.9 sq mi (28.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||1,060 ft (323 m)|
|• Density||750/sq mi (289.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0983463|
Conover is a city in Catawba County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 8,165 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 8,236 in 2013. It is part of the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area. Conover is home to the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, a golf tournament.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 City services
- 5 Transportation
- 6 Mass transit
- 7 Parks and recreation
- 8 Education
- 9 Awards
- 10 Notable people
- 11 NASCAR in Conover
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Conover is located just north of the center of Catawba County and is bordered by the city of Hickory to the west, the city of Newton to the south, the town of Claremont to the east, and the unincorporated community of St. Stephens to the northwest. Interstate 40 passes through the city, north of downtown, with access from four exits (128, 130, 132, and 133). U.S. Route 70, paralleling Interstate 40, passes through the south side of the city, while North Carolina Highway 16 runs through the east side of the city as a four-lane highway. Via I-40 it is 7 miles (11 km) west to Hickory and 21 miles (34 km) east to Statesville. US 70, as a local route, leads west to Hickory and east 4 miles (6 km) to Claremont. NC 16 leads southeast 43 miles (69 km) to Charlotte.
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,165 people, 3,368 households, and 2,182 families residing in the city. The population density was 738.1 people per square mile (249.2/km²). There were 3,654 housing units at an average density of 328.5 per square mile (108.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.1% White, 9.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.2% Asian, 5.8% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.2% of the population.
There were 3,654 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.
The Conover Public Works Department provides water, street construction, maintenance and repair, storm water management, solid waste and recycling, water treatment, grounds and parks and fleet maintenance services to the residents of Conover.
The Conover Fire Department provides fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials (HAZMAT) mitigation, technical rescues, public education, and fire prevention and inspection with 18 full-time and 33 part-time/volunteer firefighters operating out of three strategically located fire stations.
The Conover Police department is an internationally accredited agency staffed by 27 full-time officers, one code enforcement officer, five part-time employees, and five volunteer police chaplains. This group of professionals provides law enforcement and community services to the citizens of Conover.
Emergency medical services
Emergency medical services for the city of Conover are provided by CCEMS, the Catawba County EMS Agency.
Conover is located in the western piedmont area of North Carolina. Conover is located 43 miles (69 km) northwest of Charlotte, 63 miles (101 km) west of Winston-Salem, and 83 miles (134 km) east of Asheville.
- Greenway Bus Transportation (main office located in Conover)
- Conover has been designated a stop on the future Western NC Rail service.
Parks and recreation
Conover is home of the Rock Barn Golf and Spa, a golf course with two 18-hole championship courses.
Conover has nine neighborhood parks:
- Downtown Park - 1.97 acres (0.80 ha), with gazebo, walking trails and playground equipment.
- Gateway Park - a linear park that provides a pedestrian/bicycle link into downtown.
- Hines Park - located in the ConWest Business Park, the park and its gazebo are mainly used by employees of nearby businesses.
- Hunsucker Park - located in the largest neighborhood in the city, the park occupies 1.13 acres (0.46 ha) and contains playground equipment.
- Majestic Park - located in the southwest quadrant of the city, the park occupies 3.92 acres (1.59 ha) and contains recreation equipment.
- Rowe Park - The smallest of the city's parks, it contains a gazebo, picnic table, and a swing set.
- Travis Park - Located in the northwest quadrant of the city, the park contains benches, a picnic table and recreation equipment.
- Washington/Southwest Park - 2.21 acres (0.89 ha), the park includes a basketball court and baseball field, along with recreation equipment.
- Conover City Park - 6.75 acres (2.73 ha), with a picnic area, playground equipment, walking trails, splash pad and wetlands.
- Shuford Elementary School
- South Newton Elementary School
- Thorton Elementary School
- Conover School
- Lyle Creek Elementary School (Catawba County Schools)
- Newton-Conover Middle School
- Tri-City Christian School
- Concordia Christian Day School
Conover and the Hickory Area has received state and national recognition for its quality of life and business climate. Some recent state and national rankings include:
- 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina: #35 (The Safewise Report, April 2014)
- Best Cities for Raising a Family: #10 (Readers Digest)
- Mark K. Hilton, former member of the North Carolina General Assembly
- Tommy Houston, former NASCAR driver
- Dale Jarrett, NASCAR driver
- Glenn Jarrett, former NASCAR driver
- Jason Jarrett, former NASCAR driver
- Ned Jarrett, former NASCAR driver
- Morgan Shepherd, NASCAR driver
- Chris Washburn, former NBA player
NASCAR in Conover
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Conover city, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 (PEPANNRES): North Carolina Incorporated Places". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- American FactFinder - Results
- Greenway - Contact Us
- "History & Location". Conover Station. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
- PGATOUR.COM - Inside the course: Rock Barn Golf & Spa[dead link]
- City Parks - City of Conover
- Dale jarrett inc in Newton, NC | Newton Dale jarrett inc - YP.com
- Contact - Morgan Shepherd