Conover, North Carolina

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Conover, North Carolina
City
Official seal of Conover, North Carolina
Seal
Nickname(s): "Wye Town""Canova"
Motto: Community and Industry
Location of Conover, North Carolina
Location of Conover, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°42′40″N 81°13′11″W / 35.71111°N 81.21972°W / 35.71111; -81.21972Coordinates: 35°42′40″N 81°13′11″W / 35.71111°N 81.21972°W / 35.71111; -81.21972
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Catawba
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Lee E. Moritz, Jr.
Area
 • Total 11.12 sq mi (26.5 km2)
 • Land 11.12 sq mi (26.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,060 ft (323 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,207
 • Density 738.1/sq mi (249.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28613
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-14340[1]
GNIS feature ID 0983463[2]
Website www.conovernc.gov

Conover is a city in Catawba County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 8,207 at the 2010 census. It is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area. Conover is home to the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.12 square miles (28.8 km2), all of it land.[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 8,207 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 26.7% 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.

Transportation[edit]

Conover is located in the western piedmont area of North Carolina. Conover is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Charlotte; 60 miles west of Winston-Salem; and 80 miles east of Asheville, and is the geographic center of Catawba County.

Interstate 40 traverses the City along with other major roads including US 70, US 321, US Highway 70A, and NC 16, making it easy to access the City from any direction.

Mass Transit[edit]

  • Greenway Bus Transportation (Main office located in Conover)[5]
  • Conover has been designated a stop on the future Western NC Rail service.[6]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Conover is home of the Rock Barn Golf and Spa, a Golf Course with two 18-hole courses.[7]

Conover has 9 neighborhood parks.

  • Downtown Park - 1.97 acres, 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 the nearby businesses.
  • Hunsucker Park - Located in the largest neighborhood in the city, the park contains 1.13 acres, and playground equipment.
  • Majestic Park - Located in the Southwest quadrant of the city, the park contains 3.92 acres, and 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,picnic table, and recreation equipment.
  • Washington/Southwest Park - 2.21 acres, the park includes a basketball court and baseball field, along with recreation equipment.
  • Conover City Park - 6.75 acres, with a picnic area, playground equipment, walking trails, splash pad, and wetlands.[8]

Education[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Shuford Elementary School
  • South Newton Elementary School
  • Thorton Elementary School
  • Conover School
  • Lyle Creek Elementary School - (Catawba County Schools)

Middle schools[edit]

  • Newton-Conover Middle School

High schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Notable people[edit]

NASCAR in Conover[edit]

Conover is home to the Transportation office for NASCAR.[9] Conover is also home to Dale Jarrett Inc.,[10] and Morgan Shepard Racing Ventures.[11]

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