There may not be a
better time to relocate a company to Hickory, North
Carolina, named one of the top six MSAs in the
country for Business Costs by Forbes for the
past six years. The
economy is in a time of transition, but one business
concept will always remain the same: Location,
As the business center
of Catawba County and the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir MSA, Hickory is the
commercial hub of the metro area.
The Hickory Metro and Catawba County offer some of
the most inclusive
business incentive programs
in NC, in addition to a highly
skilled and educated workforce.
Here are some general
facts about Catawba County to introduce you to the
Catawba County is located in the
western part of the state of North Carolina
in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
covering 405 square miles.
The Hickory MSA estimated 2011
population was 366,359.
Catawba County’s estimated 2011
population was 154,992.
Catawba County’s large MSA
population, mild climate, excellent interstate
access and central location make it an ideal
location for both industrial and
Catawba County is located mid-way
between Florida and New York, putting
60% of the United States population
within a day’s drive.
Catawba County boasts
a high quality of life in addition to a thriving
business climate. The Hickory metro was named the 10th
“Best Place to Live and Raise a Family in the United
States” according to Reader’s Digest.
Catawba County is
located within one hour of Charlotte, the nation’s
19th largest city, and the
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. The
Appalachian resort areas of Boone and Blowing Rock
are within an hour drive. The City of Asheville lies
within an hour and a half to the west.
Winston-Salem, Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad
International Airport are an hour and a half to the
To learn more about how you can
relocate a company to Hickory, North Carolina and
the business incentive programs in NC,
contact the Catawba County EDC.
Select a link below to
view a .pdf file from our library for more details.
and Municipal Population Estimates
& Geography" Section of the Fact Book
Catawba County Economic Development Fact Book