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Hickory, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Hickory is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Catawba County at latitude 35.7414 and longitude -81.3242. Catawba County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,148 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Hickory, but most people and references simply refer to it as Hickory, North Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Hickory indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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

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Hickory, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 40,234
Population in Households 38,830
Population in Familes 29,912
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,404
Population Density1 1,354
Diversity Index2 54


Total Households 16,768
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 10,012
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 18,922 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,012 (47.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,756 (41.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,154 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $164,233
Average Home Value $221,238


Median Household Income $38,811
Average Household Income $59,778
Per Capita Income $25,022
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.13% 0.16%
Households 0.22% 0.19%
Families 0.14% 0.03%
Median Household Income   3.19%
Per Capita Income   2.2%
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, 2014 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 # 108 86th
Diversity Index2 # 277 63rd
Median Household Income # 377 49th
Per Capita Income # 201 73rd

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