The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or 'The Unifour', as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of four counties in the Catawba Valley region of western North Carolina. Local residents often refer to the area as the Unifour, although this name is largely unknown outside of the region.
Places with 25,000 to 50,000 inhabitants 
- Hickory (Principal city)
Places with 5,000 to 25,000 inhabitants 
Places with 2,500 to 5,000 inhabitants 
- Cajah's Mountain
- Granite Falls
- Lake Norman of Catawba
- Long View
- Maiden (partial)
- Mountain View
Places with 1,000 to 2,500 inhabitants 
- Blowing Rock (partial)
- Connelly Springs
- Glen Alpine
- Rutherford College
- Stony Point
Places with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants 
Unincorporated places 
- Sherrills Ford
- Kings Creek
- Little River
- Sugar Loaf
As of the census of 2000, there were 341,851 people, 133,966 households, and 95,583 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 87.47% White, 6.91% African American, 0.25% Native American, 2.31% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.95% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.05% of the population.
The median income for a household in the MSA was $37,647, and the median income for a family was $44,236. Males had a median income of $29,273 versus $22,266 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $18,404.
See also 
- North Carolina census statistical areas
- List of cities, towns, and villages in North Carolina
- List of unincorporated communities in North Carolina
- "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (CBSA-EST2009-01)" (CSV). 2009 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.