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Catawba County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 154,810. Its county seat
is Newton, and its largest city is Hickory.
Catawba County is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
It was named for an Indian tribe which lived in that section of the State.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Catawba was formed in 1842 from Lincoln. It was named for an Indian tribe which lived in that section of the State. It is in the west central section of the State and is bounded by Iredell Lincoln, Burke, Caldwell and Alexander counties. The present land area is 399.97 square miles and the 2000 population was 141,686. The act establishing the county named commissioners to acquire land within two miles of the center of the county, lay out a town by the name of Newton, and erect a courthouse. Controversy developed over the location. Consequently in 1845 an act was passed authorizing the erecting of the courthouse in Newton, which is now the county seat.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 413 square miles (1,070 km2), of which 399 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (3.6%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Most of the county is served by Catawba County Schools.
Newton and Conover are served by the Newton-Conover City School System.
Most of Hickory is served by the Hickory City School System.
Lenoir - Rhyne University
Catawba Valley Community College
Appalachian Center at Hickory
NC Center for Engineering Technologies