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

 

Population, Income, Retail Sales
  Catawba County Hky-Len-Morg MSA
Population (2017 Estimates) 157,974 366,534
Total Households (2017 ACS) 61,828 141,250
Median Household Income
(2017 ACS) 
$55,539 $48,079
Mean Household Income
(2017 ACS) 
$72,992 $65,388
Per Capita Income (2017 ACS) $29,099 $25,996
Retail Sales (FY 2017-2018) $2.37 billion $3.86 billion

Age Range (% Population-2017 ACS)
  Catawba County Hky-Len-Morg MSA
0-19 yrs 24.8 23.8
20-24 years 6.5 5.7
25-24 years 11.8 11.0
35-44 years 11.9 12.0
45-54 years 14.2 14.8
55-64 years 13.0 13.9
65+ years 17.8 18.7

 

Educational Attainment (% Population 25 yrs and over - ACS 2017)
  Catawba County Hky-Len-Morg MSA
Less than High School 16.6 17.6
High School Graduate 30.5 32.3
Some College 21.1 20.3
Associate Degree 10.2 11.8
Bachelor's Degree 14.7 11.0
Master's Degree or Higher 6.9 6.9

 

Top 10 Manufacturers (as of Q1, 2019)
1 Corning Optical Comm. Cable 1000+
2 CommScope Inc Cable 1000+
3 GKN Driveline Automotive Supplies 1000+
4 Century Furniture LLC Furniture 500-999
5 Advance Pierre Foods Inc Frozen Foods 500-999
6 Sutter Street Manufacturing Furniture 500-999
7 McCreary Modern Inc Furniture 500-999
8 Lee Industries Inc Furniture 500-999
9 Ethan Allen Operations Inc Furniture 500-999
10 Bassett Furniture Industries of NC Furniture 500-999

 

Top 25 Employers - All Industries (as of Q1, 2019)
1 Catawba County Schools Education & Health Services 1000+
2 Catawba Valley Medical Ctr. Education & Health Services 1000+
3 Corning Optical Comm. Manufacturing 1000+
4 CommScope Manufacturing 1000+
5 GKN Driveline Manufacturing 1000+
6 County of Catawba Public Administration 1000+
7 Duke LifePoint/Frye Regional Education & Health Services 1000+
8 Wal-Mart Associates Inc Trade & Transportation 1000+
9 Target Stores Distribution Center Trade & Transportation 500-999
10 Century Furniture LLC Manufacturing 500-999
11 Academy Sports & Outdoor Trade & Transportation 500-999
12 Catawba Valley Community College Education & Health Services 500-999
13 Advance Pierre Foods Inc Manufacturing 500-999
14 Convergys (Congruity HR LLC) Professional & Business Services 500-999
15 Sutter Street Manufacturing Manufacturing 500-999
16 McCreary Modern Inc Manufacturing 500-999
17 City of Hickory Public Administration 500-999
18 Lee Industries Inc Manufacturing  500-999
19 Performance Food Group Inc Trade & Transportation 500-999
20 Ethan Allen Operations Inc Manufacturing 500-999
21 Cargo Transporters Inc Trade & Transportation 500-999
22 Bassett Furniture Industries of NC Manufacturing 500-999
23 Shurtape Technologies Manufacturing 500-999
24 Hickory Public Schools Education & Health Services 500-999
25 Sherrill Furniture Company Manufacturing 500-999