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Hickory, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Hickory had a population of 41,354 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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Hickory, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 41,354
Daytime Population: Workers 46,596
Daytime Population: Residents 21,371
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 67,967
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.64
Population in Households 39,972
Population in Familes 30,727
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,382
Population Density2 1,383
Diversity Index3 56


Median Household Income $40,678
Average Household Income $65,117
Per Capita Income $27,581


Total Housing Units 19,125 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,968 (46.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,062 (42.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,096 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $160,015
Average Home Value $224,930


Total Households 17,029
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 10,133
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.42% 0.41%
Households 0.31% 0.35%
Families 0.21% 0.22%
Median Household Income   1.33%
Per Capita Income   2.14%

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, 2017 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 Density # 107 86th
Diversity Index # 250 66th
Median Household Income # 389 47th
Per Capita Income # 204 73rd

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