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Hickory Key Facts


Catawba County and Hickory, NC are located in Western part of North Carolina situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Official elevation of the county is 1140 feet. We are one hour east of the Mountains and 4 ½ hours west of the Atlantic Ocean.

General Information
Avg. Annual rainfall: 49 inches
Avg. annual snowfall: 9.6 inches
Avg. relative humidity: 74%
Avg. January High Temp.: 48 degrees
Avg. July High Temp.: 87 degrees
Sunshine an avg. 300 days a year

Population (October 2006)
Catawba County: 153,784
Hickory Metropolitan MSA: 359,856
Median age: 36.4
*Includes Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties

Economic Indicators
Average Household Size: 2.54
Households: 58,500
Average Household Income: $54,726
Median Household Income: $42,349
Per Capita Personal: $21,351
Total effective buying income: $2,558,253,000
Total retail sales: $2,395,750,000
Source: Sales and Marketing Management Magazine, 2005 Survey of Buying Power and 2000 Census

(Effective 2008) For a complete list of taxes contact (828) 465-8408 or visit All property is subject to county tax plus fire or municipality tax.

City/County Taxes
Property Tax
Catawba County $.535/$100
Hickory $.50/$100
Conover $.40/$100
Newton $.46/$100
Claremont $.46/$100
Long View $.40/$100
Brookford $.52/$100
Maiden $.40/$100

State Taxes
Corporate Income Tax 6.9% - 7.5%
State Income Tax 6% - 8.25%
Local State Sales Tax 6.75%