Catawba County is located in west-central North Carolina. The County Seat is Newton and the largest city is Hickory. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 154,534 and the 2010 census population was 154,356. The land area is 398.72 square miles and there are 387.1 persons per square mile.
85% of the population is White, 8.8% is Black or African American, 8.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 4% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.7% is two or more races. 82.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 21% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $133,000, there are 58,533 households, an average of 2.60 persons per household. The per capita income is $23,232, the median household income is $44,332, and 15.2% of the persons in Catawba County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 14,417. Retail sales (in $1000) were $2,683,077, and sales per capita were $17,251. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 26.3%.
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