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

 

Population, Income, Retail Sales
  Catawba County Hky-Len-Morg MSA
Population (2019 ACS) 159,551 369,711
Total Households (2019 ACS) 62,417 146,324
Median Household Income
(2019 ACS) 
$52,436 $50,631
Mean Household Income
(2019 ACS) 
$72,498 $66,990
Per Capita Income (2019 ACS) $29,126 $27,348
Retail Sales (FY 2019-2020) $2.49 billion $4.19 billion
Bank Deposits (2020) $3.5 billion $5.61 billion

Age Range (% Population-2019 ACS)
  Catawba County Hky-Len-Morg MSA
0-19 yrs 24.3 22.8
20-24 years 6.0 5.6
25-24 years 12.3 12.2
35-44 years 11.3 11.3
45-54 years 13.8 14.2
55-64 years 13.9 14.6
65+ years 18.5 19.4

 

Educational Attainment (% Population 25 yrs and over - ACS 2019)
  Catawba County Hky-Len-Morg MSA
Less than High School 13.5 16.3
High School Graduate 28.8 31.1
Some College 21.6 20.5
Associate Degree 12.7 12.4
Bachelor's Degree 16.6 13.6
Master's Degree or Higher 6.8 6.0

 

Top 10 Manufacturers (as of Q1, 2020)
1 Corning Optical Comm. Cable 1000+
2 CommScope Inc Cable 1000+
3 GKN Driveline Automotive Supplies 1000+
4 Sutter Street Manufacturing Furniture 500-999
5 Century Furniture LLC Furniture 500-999
6 AdvancePierre Foods Inc Frozen Foods 500-999
7 McCreary Modern Inc Furniture 500-999
8 Lee Industries Inc Furniture 500-999
9 Bassett Furniture Industries of NC Furniture 500-999
10 HS Manufacturing Foam Products 500-999

 

Top 25 Employers - All Industries (as of Q1, 2020)
1 Catawba County Schools Education & Health Svcs 1000+
2 Catawba Valley Medical Ctr. Education & Health Svcs 1000+
3 Corning Optical Comm. Manufacturing 1000+
4 County of Catawba Public Administration 1000+
5 CommScope Manufacturing 1000+
6 GKN Driveline Manufacturing 1000+
7 Duke LifePoint/Frye Regional Education & Health Svcs 1000+
8 Wal-Mart Associates Inc Trade & Transportation 1000+
9 Target Stores Distribution Center Trade & Transportation 500-999
10 Sutter Street Manufacturing Inc Manufacturing 500-999
11 Academy Sports & Outdoor Trade & Transportation 500-999
12 Catawba Valley Community College Education & Health Svcs 500-999
13 Century Furniture LLC Manufacturing 500-999
14 Advance Pierre Foods Inc Manufacturing 500-999
15 City of Hickory Public Administration 500-999
16 Performance Food Group Inc Trade & Transportation 500-999
17 McCreary Modern Inc Manufacturing 500-999
18 Cargo Transporters Inc Trade & Transportation 500-999
19 Lee Industries Inc Manufacturing  500-999
20 Bassett Furniture Industries of NC Manufacturing 500-999
21 HS Manufacturing Trade & Transportation 500-999
22 Hickory Public Schools Education & Health Svcs 500-999
23 Shurtape Technologies Manufacturing 500-999
24 Sherrill Furniture Company Manufacturing 500-999
25 Fiserv Solutions Inc Professional Services 500-999