Catawba, NC

Catawba, situated in Catawba County, is a small town made up of 4 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Catawba, NC

June 16, 2018


The median resident age in Catawba is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $53,000 making it about $8,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $27,000. The average price for a home in Catawba is about $121,000 (2013) which is $34,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $750 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Catawba is 70% White, 21% Black, 7% Hispanic, and 2% other. 86% of the population are high school graduates, with 20% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 53% are married, 6% are divorced, 5% are separated, 14% are widowed, leaving 22% that have never been married.

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Catawba County

Catawba belongs to Catawba County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after the Catawba tribe, is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Catawba County has a population of 155,000 and the city Newton, with a population of 13,000, is the county seat.

In 1842, the county was formed from part of Lincoln County. The first settlers were German Lutheran farmers that arrived in the 1700's.

Catawba County borders Alexander, Iredell, Lincoln, Burke, Caldwell, and Mecklenberg counties.

Catawba County is made up of 413 square miles. 399 of which is land with the remaining 14 as water.


The population of Catawba, NC is about 600. The population has been steadily increasing since the town's founding.


The elevation of Catawba, NC is 886 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Catawba, NC is 28609.

Area Code

The area code for Catawba, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Catawba and Catawba County have voted mostly Republican, with 64% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 39% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 57% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 3%, and 1% other.


The unemployment rate for Catawba is about 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing and accommodation/food service make more than 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Observer News Enterprise and Hickory Daily Record are the primary newspapers that cover the Catawba County area.