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Welcome to Hickory, NC – A city known for its craftsmanship. To Hickory residents, craftsmanship is more than a way of doing something. It’s a way of seeing, being, and creating anew. Attention toHickoryMap detail, pride in precision, doing a thing well, dedication to a craft and knowledge of natural resources are all strengths ingrained in Hickory. They’re all part of a past that serves and shapes the future of Hickory, NC.

Here you will find a complete community profile for Hickory, NC – Including informative statistics, community schools, maps, and more. Realty Executives is proud to be one of the many thriving small businesses in the Hickory area. Whether you have lived in Hickory your entire life, and looking to learn more about the great community you live in, or if you are relocating for business, to retire, or because of Hickory’s nationally acclaimed community awards – you have come to the right place! Welcome to Hickory.

Located in Western part of North Carolina situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains , it is an ideal place to live, work, play, raise a family and retire. Residents of Hickory, NC have not just found a place to live – they have found a home!

Being just one hour east of the Mountains and 4 ½ hours west of the Atlantic Ocean, Hickory, NC is conveniently situated near the best of both worlds! Many Hickory residents can plan a weekend getaway to both the beach and/or the mountains!

As of 2012, Hickory’s population is 40,010 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 2.02 percent.
The median home cost in Hickory is $99,000. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.65 percent.
Compared to the rest of the country, Hickory’s cost of living is 12.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
Hickory public schools spend $4,587 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,691. There are about 14.6 students per teacher in Hickory.
The unemployment rate in Hickory is 11.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 8.60%). Recent job growth is Negative. Hickory jobs have Decreased by 2.25 percent.
Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 28 minutes.

Excerpts from the book From Tavern to Town, by Kirk F. Mohney & Laura A.W. Phillips. City of Hickory Historic Properties Commission, Hickory Landmarks Society, Inc.: 1988 .

Hickory began as a small piedmont city whose growth and development moved it from a late nineteenth-century trading center on the Western North Carolina Railroad to a thriving twentieth-century manufacturing center for furniture, hosiery, and textiles.unionsquare

The history and development of Hickory has been divided into five stages of growth. The earliest phase began at the end of the eighteenth century and ended with the outbreak of the Civil War (1769-1860).

The second phase began when the Civil War ended, as the city’s population and economy expanded as well as increased development in cultural and educational facilities (1861-1900).

This second phase lasted until around 1901, when the establishment of the first large-scale furniture plant made permanent changes in the manufacturing business. From 1901 until the onset of World War I in 1917, many furniture factories as well as hosiery and textile mills were built in the city’s realm resulting in a rise in population, service industries, and building activity.

During World War I, construction in the city declined only to be followed by a large increase in population and housing needs, growth of businesses and manufacturing companies, and the extension of public services rendered by local government (1918-1940).

Growth since 1940- After World War II Hickory continued growing and by 1961 the city boasted forty-six furniture plants, eight-nine hosiery mills, twenty-seven other manufactures, and a population of 37,000 people. A vast urban renewal project as well as continual redevelopment also accompanied this period of growth. Much of the historic fabric of Hickory’s downtown was removed or drastically altered in the 1960s and 1970s, leaving gaping holes in the urban landscape. Yet, this period also saw the emergence of historic preservation efforts in Hickory, a trend that has grown in scope by instilling pride in the city’s past by encouraging the appreciation, preservation, and continued use of Hickory’s historic resources.

100_00021Currently, the City of Hickory has been awarded a grant to conduct a survey of the city’s historic resources. The grant will allow the Historic Preservation Commission to hire a certified historic resource professional to identify historic structures along the boundaries of established historic districts. The survey will be used to consider future expansion of Hickory’s historic districts. The last survey, conducted in 1979, indicated that there were 168 historical sites within Hickory’s city limits. Since this survey was completed, it has been estimated that about 32 of these structures have been demolished. Hopefully, the survey will help the Commission develop a long range historic preservation plan for the City of Hickory, it will also serve as a catalyst for other projects designed to promote, educate, and preserve Hickory’s historic treasures.

Hickory Choral Society
243 3rd Ave NE Ste 2 Hickory, NC 28601-5168
(828) 322-2210

Lake Hickory Country Club
430 17th Ave NW Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 328-2981

The Green Room Community Theatre
10 S Main Ave Newton, NC 28658
(828) 464-6583

Catawba Country Club
1154 Country Club Rd Newton, NC 28658-0208
(828) 294-3727

Catawba Science Center
243 3rd Ave NE Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 322-8169

Atlantic MMA, Inc.
1012 3rd Ave NW Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 855-9151

Lake Hickory RV Resort
6641 Monford Dr Conover, NC 28613
(828) 256-4303

J.E. Broyhill Civic Center of CCC & TI
1913 Hickory Blvd SE Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 726-2401

Hickory Motor Speedway
3130 US-70 SE Newton, NC 28658
(828) 464-3655

Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn
3763 Golf Dr Conover, NC 28613
(828) 459-4000

Hampton Heights Golf Club, Inc.
1700 5th St NE Hickory, NC 28601-1537
(828) 328-5010

Rock Barn Golf & Spa
3791 Clubhouse Dr Conover, NC 28613
(828) 459-1125

Western Piedmont Symphony
243 3rd Ave NE Ste 1N Hickory, NC 28601-5168
(828) 324-8603

Carmike Cinemas, Inc.
Catawba Valley Blvd Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 304-0089

Hickory Museum of Art
243 3rd Ave NE Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 327-8576 ext: 202

Catawba County Museum of History
30 N College Ave Newton, NC 28658
(828) 465-0383

United Arts Council of Catawba County
243 3rd Ave NE Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 324-4906

Clater, Kaye Theatreworks
3387 S Hwy 127 Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 294-2582

Pin Station Bowling & Mini Golf
525 West A St Newton, NC 28658
(828) 466-2695

Queens Landing
1459 River Hwy Mooresville, NC 28117
(704) 663-2628

Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds
1 American Legion Ave Newton, NC 28658
(828) 464-5433

Hickory Crawdads Baseball, Inc.
2500 Clement Blvd NW Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 322-3000

Hickory has been named an “All-America City” three times. The All-America City Award is given annually to only ten cities in the United States. It is a very prestigious award that represents a community’s ability to work together and achieve critical local issues. Hickory won this award in 2007, as well as 1967 and 1987. While winning this prestigious award once would be an honor, receiving this national award three times is a testament to the great city that Hickory, NC really is! Residents of Hickory, NC graciously receive this honor, and are proud to be a Hickory, NC resident! Being named an All-America City brings many benefits to a community including national recognition and helps build the economic base.

The Hickory Metro area has also been named the 10th best place to live and raise a family in the United States by Readers Digest.

The MSA (Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton) has been named 3rd best MSA in the country for business cost by Forbes Magazine.

Bakers Mountain Park
6680 Bakers Mountain Road, Hickory
Bakers Mountain Park is located on the highest point of elevation in Catawba County (1780 feet). The park features 189 acres of mature Chestnut Oak forest with nearly six miles of trail to explore. You will experience a variety of wildlife and plants that are native to the North Carolina Mountains. Come and explore the beauty and diversity of Catawba County’s natural heritage at Bakers Mountain Park.

Catawba River Greenway Park
Greenlee Ford Road, Morganton
Offers year-round biking, jogging and strolling, canoeing and picnicking. The park features a paved, handicapped-accessible walking trail, picnic shelters and open tables, restrooms, children’s playground, fishing piers, canoe launch, gazebo, a 1200-foot multilevel observation deck and a 170-foot bridge which crosses Silver Creek.

Glenn Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park
2000 6th Street NW, Hickory
Five picnic shelters with tables and grills; two playgrounds; restrooms; gazebo; nature board walk, lighted and paved walking trail; fitness and nature trail; memorial garden; 18-hole disc golf course; canoe launch; and horseshoe pits.

Henry Fork River Regional Recreational Park
5655 Sweet Bay Lane, Hickory
Picnic shelter with tables and grills; seven soccer fields; Alpine Tower ropes course; two playgrounds; restrooms; paved walking trail; and canoe launch.

The Ivey Arboretum in Carolina Park
NC Highway 127 N, Hickory
A collection of over 400 labeled species of native and rare trees and shrubs within a three-acre park. Self-guided and guided tours available.

J.E. Broyhill Park
509 Ridge Street, Lenoir
828-757-2187 or 828-757-2165
The city of Lenoir operates this park located downtown on Ridge Street. It is the site of a nationally recognized outdoor sculpture competition sponsored each year by Caldwell Arts Council.

Jaycee Park
1515 12th Street Drive NW, Hickory
Features an outdoor basketball court, lighted softball field, playground equipment and restrooms.

Kiwanis Park
605 7th Avenue, Hickory
The park consists of 16 acres, which include a four field, youth baseball complex. All four fields are lighted for night play. Three of the fields have 200-foot fences with the fourth field having a 188-foot fence. All outfield fences are 10 feet high. Complex is equipped with concession stands, restrooms, and scorebooths.

Lake James State Park
2785 NC 126, Nebo
Hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking are all available at this 564-acre state park with five miles of shoreline on Lake James.

Matheson Park
Matheson Park Avenue, Taylorsville
A seven-acre family park with playground equipment, cookout facilities and sheltered eating areas, restrooms, volleyball area and a walking trail.

McGalliard Falls Park
This park offers a beautiful waterfall, Grist Mill, group picnic shelter and playground.

River Bend Park
6700 NC Highway 16 N, Conover
Designed to preserve the existing natural beauty of the area, the 475-acre scenic park features walking, horseback and riding trails, fishing, rafting, canoeing, wildlife observation decks and a 2-acre fenced dog park.

South Mountain State Park
Morganton State Route 1904, Connelly Springs
The park’s 100,000 acres offer hiking, horseback and bike riding along its mountain trails. It also offers numerous waterfalls and cascades, as well as camping, picnic areas and fishing.

Southside Park
South on US Highway 321, Newton
A 27-acre park featuring group picnic shelters, amphitheater, concession and restroom facilities, playground area, informal ballfield, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits and open area for activities.

Stanford Park
1451 8th Street Drive NE, Hickory
The park consists of 25 acres with a three-field adult softball complex. All three fields are lighted for night play. Two of the fields have 285-foot fences with the third field having a 300-foot fence. All outfield fences are 10 feet high. Complex is equipped with concession stands, restrooms and score booths.

T.H. Broyhill Walking Park
945 SW Lakewood Circle, Lenoir
Features a paved loop surrounding a pond complete with waterfowl and plant life, as well as a botanical garden and the Joe T. Ingram Nature Sanctuary.

Tuttle State Park
3420 Playmore Beach Road, Lenoir

The forest/park features “talking trees”, hiking trails, picnic and camping area and an amphitheater.

Upper Catawba River
Canoe Trail
Trail starts at the Linville Access at Lake James and continues to Lookout Shoals Access near Lookout Shoals Dam.

Wilson Creek, National Wild and Scenic River
7805 Brown Mountain Beach Road, Collettsville
One of Caldwell County’s most scenic wilderness areas with fast moving mountain streams originating at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Swimming, canoeing, fishing, camping and hiking are available.

Winkler Park
2500 Clement Boulevard, Hickory
Picnic shelter with tables and grill, playground equipment, restroom, walking, fitness and nature trail and horseshoe pits.



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