Catawba County

Catawba County

Catawba County has a population of 154,810, according to the 2010 census.  Its county seat is Newton and its largest city is Hickory.

Catawba County is part of the data center corridor. Maiden is home to the Apple iCloud data center, and Conover is home to the ncDataCampus and the largest privately owned solar farm in the United States operated by Apple.  

The county was formed in 1842 from Lincoln County. It was named for the Catawba tribe of Native Americans  who once inhabited the area. German Lutheran farmers settled the area in the 1700's.

The county has a total area of 414 square miles, of which 400 square miles is land and 14 square miles (3.27%) is water.

With approximately twenty freight trains a day, Catawba County is a freight railroad transportation center. This is largely due to the area’s strong manufacturing based economy, and its placement along the Norfolk Southern Railway line. The Caldwell County Railroad also serves the county and interchanges with Norfolk Southern in Hickory.

The county is divided into eight townships. 



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Huntersville NC 28078
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