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.
 • City Manager Donald Duncan
Area
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,165
 • Density 750/sq mi (289.4/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 8,165 at the 2010 census,[3] with an estimated population of 8,236 in 2013, making Conover the fastest growing City in the Hickory Metro Area.[4] It is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The Bolick Historic District and George Huffman Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Geography[edit]

Conover is located in the geographic center as well as the population center of Catawba County and is bordered by the City of Hickory to the west, the City of Newton to the south, and the City of Claremont to the east. Interstate 40 traverses Conover, with access from four major exits (128, 130, 132, and 133). U.S. Route 70, U.S. Route 321, and North Carolina Highway 16 all pass through Conover, making Conover one of the most easily assessable cities in the Charlotte Metro Region.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Conover has a total area of 10.9 square miles (28.3 km2), of which 0.031 square miles (0.08 km2), or 0.27%, is water[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 150
1890 337 124.7%
1900 413 22.6%
1910 421 1.9%
1920 681 61.8%
1930 973 42.9%
1940 1,195 22.8%
1950 1,164 −2.6%
1960 2,281 96.0%
1970 3,355 47.1%
1980 4,245 26.5%
1990 5,465 28.7%
2000 6,604 20.8%
2010 8,165 23.6%
Est. 2015 8,255 [6] 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] 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.

City Services[edit]

Public Works[edit]

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.[9]

Fire-Rescue[edit]

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 40 part-time/volunteer firefighters operating out of three fire stations.[10]

Law Enforcement[edit]

The Conover Police Department is staffed by 27 full-time officers, 1 Code Enforcement officer, 5 part-time employees, and 5 volunteer police chaplains.[11]

Emergency Medical Services[edit]

Emergency Medical Services for the City of Conover are provided by CCEMS, the Catawba County EMS Agency.[12]

Transportation[edit]

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.

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

Mass transit[edit]

  • Greenway Bus Transportation (main office located in Conover)[13]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Conover is home of the Rock Barn Golf and Spa, a golf club with two 18-hole courses.[14]

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, Lecho Park, 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.[15]

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.[16] Conover is also home to Dale Jarrett Inc.,[17] and Morgan Shepard Racing Ventures.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Conover city, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Data Access and Dissemination Systems (DADS). "American FactFinder - Results". census.gov. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
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  13. ^ "Greenway - Contact Us". mygreenway.org. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  14. ^ PGATOUR.COM - Inside the course: Rock Barn Golf & Spa[dead link]
  15. ^ "City Parks - City of Conover ". govoffice2.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "NASCAR  : NASCAR Drivers, Race Standings & News - NASCAR.com". nascar.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Dale Jarrett Inc in Newton, North Carolina with Reviews & Ratings - YP.com". yellowpages.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Contact". Morgan Shepherd. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 

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