Catawba County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 154,810. Its county seat is Newton, and its largest city is Hickory. The county is part of the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Catawba County is part of the “North Carolina Data Center Corridor” in Western North Carolina. Maiden is home to the Apple iCloud data center and the largest privately owned solar farm in the United States. Hickory is home to Lenoir-Rhyne University, the “World’s Most Famous Short Track” in NASCAR, and a minor league baseball team named the Hickory Crawdads. Conover is home to the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.


As of the census of 2010, there were 154,358 people, 55,533 households, and 39,095 families residing in the county. The median income for a household in the county was $43,536, and the median income for a family was $47,474. Males had a median income of $30,822 versus $23,352 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,358.