Hickory NC is located in Catawba County
November 10, 2015
Hickory NC is located in Catawba County, in the Western
Piedmont region of the state, about 80 miles east of Asheville in
the Appalachian Mountains and just 50 miles north of Charlotte.
There are about 40,000 residents living in an area of about 30
square miles, and an elevation of 910 feet.
The town of Hickory NC was formed when Henry Robinson, a dexcendant of Weidner erected his log tavern beside a very large hickory tree in 1854. It became known as the Hickory Tavern. A few years later the town of Hickory Tavern was flourishing, with a new railroad and people. The first piece of land was purchased in 1858 for $45 by Henry Link. Today, it is the 1859 Cafe.
In 1870 Hickory Tavern incorporated. And, in 1873 the town changed the name to Hickory.
Electricity and lights were installed in the town of Hickory in 1888, making it one of the first lighted towns in the state. By 1904 a sewage system was installed.
Though a center for textiles and hosiery, Hickory, North Carolina is known mainly for producing furniture. And, nowhere is that more obvious than here.
Hickory White, operating since 1902 is one of the more famous furniture producers in the town. The company produces quality furniture that is shipped around the world. During the last great war, Hickory White built wooden crates for the United States military, in which ammunition was hauled.
Today, Hickory is a major producer of fiber optic cable, with almost half the world's supply coming from the area. Both Google and Apple have data centers in Hickory.
Hickory is also home to Lenoir-Rhyne University, a private college offering liberal arts studies. Approximately 2,000 students attend the school each year.
Medium Age: 37
Medium Household Income: $39,000
Home Values: $146,000
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