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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Catawba County is located in North Carolina with a population of 156,182. Catawba County is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Catawba County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Catawba County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Catawba County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Catawba County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$139,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$700
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    339.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    15.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    35.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    99.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    908.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,483.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    351
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Catawba County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,649
National
$55,322

Catawba County Reviews

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Big enough to have major shopping and health care, but small enough that there’s no traffic, good quality of life. As other racers have mentioned, you can know your kids teachers, principals and even the superintendent. Lenior Rhyne university in downtown Hickory’s a real jewel with a beautiful campus and high quality liberal arts education. Catawba valley medical center and Duke life point hospitals (yes, there are two hospitals) are exceptional in a variety of care offerings. World class companies are headquartered in the county (CommScope, Corning Cable Systems, Lowe’s foods, Transportation Insight). I can go from my office to Panthers game or a fantastic trout stream in less than hour. Life is good!
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I have lived in Catawba County my whole life. It may be a small area but the people couldn't be closer. I love seeing everyone come together when it matters most, I love seeing people helping others, etc. This is a very friendly community and I wouldn't want to be any place else. I'm going to miss my hometown when I go off to college (I get homesick) even though there isn't much to do around here I'm sure you'll find something. But no matter where life will take me, I'll always find my way back home! One thing that I wish the community would approve upon is investing in something that can benefit a lot of people (not saying that the stuff we have now isn't beneficial) For example, a homeless shelter. It saddens my heart to see people on the street in any type of weather knowing they have no place to go. One day I wish someone would just build a big homeless shelter to get people off the street.
Living in Catawba County is a hit or miss depending on the person and how you were brought up. Families residing range from very conservative to liberal hippies. Having circulated through nine public schools within the area, I believe that that alone can tell you about the education worth. What we lack in education we make up for in athletics. What I enjoy most about Catawba County is the seemingly relentless attempt to gather the community outside. There are many parks, playgrounds, walking areas, and events happening across the county and they are heavily enjoyed by the community. What I would like to see change about Catawba County in the future would be the amount of money being put towards unnecessary “renovations” thought to attract young people and modernize the area, and see funds being put towards keeping the original layout of the area.