Quality of Life & Demographics
There may not be a better time to relocate a company to Catawba County, North Carolina, located in the #1 MSA in the country for Lowest Business Costs according to Forbes.com (no lower than 6th since 2006) and the 4th Best Place to Start a Business in North Carolina as ranked by NerdWallet. The economy is constantly evolving, but one business concept will always remain the same: location, location, 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 the highly skilled and educated workforce.
Catawba County boasts a high quality of life in addition to a thriving business climate. The Hickory metro area was named the #1 Most Affordable Place to Live by US News and World Report. Catawba County is not just a great place to do business, it's a great place to live for people of all ages. US News and World Report also named Hickory as 3rd for Best Places to LIve in NC, 31st for Best Places to LIve in the US, 3rd for Best Places to Retire in the US, and one of the Top Ten Best Places to Live Near the Mountains in the US. Catawba County and its municipalities consistently rank high in national lists and publications.
Catawba County is located within one hour of Charlotte, the nation's 16th 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 east.
To learn more about how you can relocate a company to Catawba County, contact the Catawba County EDC.