Hudson, North Carolina

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Hudson, North Carolina
Town
Location of Hudson, North Carolina
Location of Hudson, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°50′44″N 81°29′25″W / 35.84556°N 81.49028°W / 35.84556; -81.49028Coordinates: 35°50′44″N 81°29′25″W / 35.84556°N 81.49028°W / 35.84556; -81.49028
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Caldwell
Area
 • Total 3.7 sq mi (9.5 km2)
 • Land 3.7 sq mi (9.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,263 ft (385 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,776
 • Density 839.3/sq mi (324.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28638
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-32980[1]
GNIS feature ID 0987211[2]
Website www.ci.hudson.nc.us

Hudson is a town in Caldwell County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,776 at the 2010 census. It is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Hudson is a one-time booming furniture production town that was hard hit by the transition of furniture production from other countries in the last decade.[citation needed] However, things are looking up for the small town as new businesses continue to relocate into the area as well as retirees who like the close proximity to the mountains and the low cost of living.[citation needed] Hudson's landmarks are the "HUB" (the Hudson Uptown Building, the former Hudson Elementary school where locals can gather for special events), The Yellow Submarine, The Gold Mine Fine Jewelry & Gifts, Inc., the Hudson Library, the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department, the Hudson Post Office, the Hudson Optimist Club (where many young local boys and girls can enjoy America's greatest pastime), and Hudson Primary Care. The town boasts two parks—Redwood Park features a beautiful playground with children's slides/activities, a swimming pool and several ballfields. The Hickman Windmill & Depot Museum Park features the Historic Hudson Depot and Red Caboose as well as a 100 year old windmill. Music is often performed in the park, most notably Pickin' In the Park during summer months. On clear days, Hudson offers views of the Blue Ridge Mountains highest peaks at Grandfather Mountain. These views can be seen picturesquely over Hudson Middle School directly off the Hudson HWY 321 exit. New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon attended first through eighth grades at Hudson School in the historic building now known as the HUB. Activities of note in Hudson include the annual Butterfly Festival which is held in May, Pickin' In The Park and the Fourth of July Kiddie Car Parade. The HUB has been the site of a popular, successful, critically acclaimed dinner theatre since 2003.

Geography[edit]

Hudson is located at 35°50′44″N 81°29′25″W / 35.84556°N 81.49028°W / 35.84556; -81.49028 (35.845476, -81.490337).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,078 people, 1,324 households, and 933 families residing in the town. The population density was 839.3 people per square mile (323.8/km²). There were 1,400 housing units at an average density of 381.8 per square mile (147.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.40% White, 0.13% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 1.10% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

There were 1,324 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,562, and the median income for a family was $42,000. Males had a median income of $29,949 versus $22,727 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,519. About 3.7% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute is located in Hudson, North Carolina.

Media[edit]

  • WHKY, 1290 WHKY TalkRadio, local radio station.
  • WJRI, News Talk 1340 WJRI, local radio station.
  • WKGX, AM 1080 WKGX, local radio station.

Newstopic, Foothills Radio Group

Notable people[edit]

Major League Baseball player Madison Bumgarner hails from Hudson and author Jan Karon attended school here during her elementary years and John Wilson was recreation director for many years as well.

References[edit]

  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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