Catawba County boasts a high quality of life and a thriving business climate.

 

Population (2015 Estimates)

 

Population, Income, Retail Sales
  Catawba County Hky-Len-Morg MSA
Population (2015 Estimates) 155,828 363,074
Total Households (2015 ACS) 60,498 140,097
Median Household Income
(2015 ACS) 
$40,450 $40,380
Mean Household Income
(2015 ACS) 
$59,347 $55,285
Per Capita Income (2013 ACS) $24,100 $22,281
Retail Sales (FY 2015-2016) $2.12 billion $3.51 billion

 

Median Household Income (2015 ACS)

 

Age Range (% Population-2015 ACS)
  Catawba County Hky-Len-Morg MSA
0-19 yrs 24.7 23.8
20-24 years 6.9 6.6
25-24 years 10.8 10.5
35-44 years 13.0 12.3
45-54 years 14.5 15.0
55-64 years 13.5 14.0
65+ years 16.5 17.6

 

Age Range (% Population-2015 ACS)
 

 

Educational Attainment (% Population 25 yrs and over - ACS 2015)
  Catawba County Hky-Len-Morg MSA
Less than High School 16.2 19.8
High School Graduate 29.6 31.4
Some College 21.2 21.3
Associate Degree 9.5 9.7
Bachelor's Degree 15.2 11.9
Master's Degree or Higher 8.3 5.9

 

Top 10 Manufacturers (as of Q4, 2016)
1 GKN Driveline Automotive Supplies 1000+
2 CommScope Inc Cable 1000+
3 Corning Optical Comm. Cable 1000+
4 Hickory Springs Mfg Co Foam 500-999
5 Ethan Allen Operations Inc Furniture 500-999
6 Century Furniture LLC Furniture 500-999
7 McCreary Modern Inc Furniture 500-999
8 Lee Industries Inc Furniture 500-999
9 Pierre Foods Inc Frozen Foods 500-999
10 Sherrill Furniture Company Manufacturing 500-999

 

Top 25 Employers - All Industries (as of Q4, 2016)
1 Catawba County Schools Education & Health Services 1000+
2 Catawba Valley Medical Ctr. Education & Health Services 1000+
3 GKN Driveline Manufacturing 1000+
4 Duke LifePoint/Frye Medical Public Administration 1000+
5 CommScope Manufacturing 1000+
6 County of Catawba Public Administration 1000+
7 Wal-Mart Associates Inc. Trade & Transportation 1000+
8 Corning Optical Comm. Manufacturing 1000+
9 Hickory Springs Mfg Co Manufacturing 500-999
10 Ethan Allen Operations Inc Manufacturing 500-999
11 Target Distribution Center Trade & Transportation 500-999
12 Century Furniture LLC Manufacturing 500-999
13 Catawba Valley Comm. College Education & Health Services 500-999
14 McCreary Modern Inc Manufacturing 500-999
15 Lee Industries Inc Manufacturing 500-999
16 Pierre Foods Manufacturing 500-999
17 City of Hickory Public Administration 500-999
18 Congruity HR LLC Professional Services 500-999
19 Cargo Transporters Inc Trade & Transportation 500-999
20 Sherrill Furniture Company Manufacturing 500-999
21 Hickory City Schools Education & Health Services 500-999
22 Performance Food Group Inc Trade & Transportation 500-999
23 Checkfree Services Cop. Professional Services 500-999
24 Sutter Street Manufacturing  Manufacturing 500-999
25 Bassett Furniture Industries of NC Manufacturing 500-999