Hickory, NC

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2022 Population
43,352
1.22% 1-year growth
2022 Median Age
37.9
1.04% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
16.6%
0.614% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$58,251
9.67% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$233,800
17.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
19,987
1.28% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Hickory, NC had a population of 43.4k people with a median age of 37.9 and a median household income of $58,251. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Hickory, NC grew from 42,831 to 43,352, a 1.22% increase and its median household income grew from $53,117 to $58,251, a 9.67% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Hickory, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (65.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (13.2%), Other (Hispanic) (5.34%), White (Hispanic) (4.26%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.04%).

None of the households in Hickory, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.2% of the residents in Hickory, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Hickory, NC are Catawba Valley Community College (1,765 degrees awarded in 2022) and Lenoir-Rhyne University (607 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Hickory, NC was $233,800, and the homeownership rate was 53.6%.

Most people in Hickory, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Hickory, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Hickory, NC is home to a population of 43.4k people, from which 94.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.92% of Hickory, NC residents were born outside of the country (3.87k people).

In 2022, there were 4.95 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (28.4k people) in Hickory, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.73k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.31k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.2%
2022 Citizenship
93.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 94.2% of Hickory, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Hickory, NC was 93.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Hickory, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    28.4k ± 1.2k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.73k ± 912
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    2.31k ± 761
13.2%
Hispanic Population
5.71k people

In 2022, there were 4.95 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (28.4k people) in Hickory, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.73k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.31k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.2% of the people in Hickory, NC are hispanic (5.71k people).

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Foreign-Born Population

8.92%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.87k people
9.47%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
4.06k people

As of 2022, 8.92% of Hickory, NC residents (3.87k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Hickory, NC was 9.47%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    871 ± 190
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    599 ± 219
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    364 ± 124

Hickory, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Hickory, NC employs 20k people. The largest industries in Hickory, NC are Manufacturing (4,288 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,875 people), and Retail Trade (2,633 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($73,327), Information ($70,179), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($57,672).

Occupations

20k
2022 Value
± 1,147
1.28%
1 Year growth
± 8.07%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Hickory, NC grew at a rate of 1.28%, from 19.7k employees to 20k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Hickory, NC, are Management Occupations (2,550 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,221 people), and Production Occupations (2,155 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Hickory, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

20k
2022 Value
± 1,147
1.28%
1 Year growth
± 8.07%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Hickory, NC grew at a rate of 1.28%, from 19.7k employees to 20k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Hickory, NC, are Manufacturing (4,288 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,875 people), and Retail Trade (2,633 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Hickory, NC, though some of these residents may live in Hickory, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$43,092
Median earning men ± $2,511
$32,528
Median earning women ± $2,380

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($90,353), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($78,674), and Wholesale Trade ($74,630).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($62,744), Construction ($55,348), and Wholesale Trade ($46,250).

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Civics

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Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Hickory, NC awarded 2,372 degrees. The student population of Hickory, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,691 male students and 3,835 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Hickory, NC are White (1,643 and 70.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (260 and 11.2%), Asian (165 and 7.1%), and Black or African American (142 and 6.11%).

The largest universities in Hickory, NC by number of degrees awarded are Catawba Valley Community College (1,765 and 74.4%) and Lenoir-Rhyne University (607 and 25.6%).

The most popular majors in Hickory, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (597 and 25.2%), General Business Administration & Management (262 and 11%), and Registered Nursing (135 and 5.69%).

The median tuition cost in Hickory, NC for private four year colleges is $43,000.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
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In 2022 in Hickory, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 82.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 8.74%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 6,526 (41.2% men and 58.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 6,526 students enrolled in Hickory, NC, 41.2% men and 58.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,247 records, of which 59.4% were women and 40.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 79 degrees awarded
  2. 33 degrees awarded
  3. 597 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Hickory, NC was Registered Nursing with 79 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,765 degrees awarded
  2. 607 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Catawba Valley Community College with 1,765 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,031 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Hickory, NC, which is 0.769 times less than the 1,341 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,643 degrees mean that there were 6.32 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 260 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($43,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($239) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,900) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Hickory, NC was $233,800 in 2022, which is 0.829 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $199,100 to $233,800, a 17.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Hickory, NC is 53.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Hickory, NC have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Hickory, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Hickory, NC is $58,251. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Hickory, NC was Census Tract 105.02 with a value of $117,981, followed by Census Tract 105.01 and Census Tract 103.02, with respective values of $82,472 and $75,685.

Property

$233,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$13,461
$9,475
Median Property Taxes
±$738

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Hickory, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

53.6%
Homeownership
2022
65.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 53.6% of the housing units in Hickory, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 54.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 105.02
  2. Census Tract 105.01
  3. Census Tract 103.02

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Hickory, NC was Census Tract 105.02 with a value of $117,981, followed by Census Tract 105.01 and Census Tract 103.02, with respective values of $82,472 and $75,685.

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Household Income

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$58,251
Median Household Income
± $3,489
17.7k
Number of Households
± 1,093

In 2022, the median household income of the 17.7k households in Hickory, NC grew to $58,251 from the previous year's value of $53,117.

The following chart displays the households in Hickory, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Hickory, NC is from Hickory, NC.
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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (73.5%)
  2. Carpooled (12.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (9.55%)

In 2022, 73.5% of workers in Hickory, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.7%) and those who worked at home (9.55%).

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Hickory, NC have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.09% of the workforce in Hickory, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

16.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Hickory, NC (6.93k out of 41.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Hickory, NC is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

87.9% of the population of Hickory, NC has health coverage, with 46.1% on employee plans, 15% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 1.48% on military or VA plans.

Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.1% under 18 years, 24.2% between 18 and 34 years, 36.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

12.1%
Uninsured
46.1%
Employer Coverage
15%
Medicaid
12.5%
Medicare
12.8%
Non-Group
1.48%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Hickory, NC declined by 0.951% from 12.2% to 12.1%.

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