Hickory, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Hickory, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Hickory had a population of 40,259 as of July 1, 2015. Hickory ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Hickory is located at latitude 35.7414 and longitude -81.3242 in Catawba County. The formal boundaries for the City of Hickory (see map below) encompass a land area of 29.91 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Catawba County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,148 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Hickory are located in Catawba County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into Burke County, and Caldwell County.

The City of Hickory (GNIS ID: 2404693) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Hickory is located within Township of Hickory, a minor civil division (MCD) of Catawba County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Hickory population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Hickory: Berryville, Hickory Tavern, West Hickory.

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Hickory, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 40,259
Population in Households 38,848
Population in Familes 29,899
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,411
Population Density1 1,355
Diversity Index2 55


Total Households 16,777
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 10,024
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 18,969 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,949 (47.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,828 (41.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,192 (11.6%)
Median Home Value $166,587
Average Home Value $225,075


Median Household Income $38,837
Average Household Income $62,367
Per Capita Income $26,109
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.12% 0.19%
Households 0.19% 0.22%
Families 0.14% 0.11%
Median Household Income   2.64%
Per Capita Income   2.44%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Hickory, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Hickory to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 22 97th
Population Density1 # 111 85th
Diversity Index2 # 265 64th
Median Household Income # 391 47th
Per Capita Income # 189 75th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.