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Welcome to Hickory

Where natural beauty meets luxurious sophistication
Established at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Charlotte and Asheville, Hickory boasts a hip and progressive vibe with historical roots in the furniture-making business that is still evident today. People enjoy living in Hickory because of its well-rounded community and friendly atmosphere. You will often see residents taking advantage of the various parks and mountain bike trails throughout the area or heading out for a boat ride on Lake Hickory.

Once known as the furniture capital of the world, you will still see furniture manufacturers in the area. However, an influx of craft breweries, farm-to-table eateries, and vibrant entertainment areas now comprise downtown Hickory. A mix of architectural styles make up the area ― everything from traditional to farmhouse to contemporary can be found in this eclectic, inviting, and distinctive community. Thanks to the excellent schools in the area and available higher education at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory has become a highly desired area to live, work, play, and raise a family.

What to Love

  • Upscale, friendly vibe with a down-to-earth feel
  • Elevated dining and shopping venues throughout downtown Hickory
  • Abundant outdoor recreational opportunities like biking, hiking, and boating

Local Lifestyle

The mix of sophistication mingled with a hint of Southern charm makes downtown Hickory an enchanting spot to stroll and explore upscale boutique shopping, delectable restaurant fare, and cultural experiences.

There is always something to do in Hickory. Whether it is a recurring festival, music concert, or sporting event, residents support the local community and enjoy coming together to participate in the abundant upscale offerings available in the quaint city. Thanks to the assorted activities both downtown and in the great outdoors, the area attracts various people, from families to retirees to working couples and professionals.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Locals and visitors agree Hickory is home to numerous restaurant establishments that cater to sophisticated palates. For instance, make a reservation at Cafe Rule and Wine Bar for a chef's table dinner with Chef Rick. Using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, each course is perfectly composed and paired with a delicious wine. Be sure to note the decor and plates created by local artisans.

The craft beer craze is alive and well in Hickory, thanks to Olde Hickory Brewery. This brewery is a consistent winner in numerous beer competitions and knows how to do beer right. With a rotating list of seasonal beers and lagers, IPAs, stouts, and more, their extensive offerings will keep you coming back for more. Established in 1994, Olde Hickory Brewery quickly outgrew its original space. In 1997, after a major renovation, they moved to their current location in the 1880 Historic Landmark building.

Make a reservation at the Vintage House Restaurant in Hickory for a memorable meal in a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Start with the homemade yeast rolls and select a perfectly grilled filet or lamb with all your favorite steakhouse sides. Of course, the extensive wine list and full bar make this a perfect destination for a celebration or anytime you want an upscale dining experience.

Grab a friend or even your dog and head to the Riverwalk, starting in Geitner Park with public access to the lake and the shopping and entertainment area. If you enjoy golf or tennis, join the Lake Hickory Country Club, where various dining, entertainment, and sporting adventures await you. Their focus on providing only the best, most luxurious experiences is evident throughout their abundant upscale amenities.

Residents frequently stroll the year-round Hickory Farmers Market at Union Square. Here you will find fresh-cut flowers, a fantastic selection of meats, cheeses, produce, baked goods, music, laughter, and fun.

Things to Do

In addition to the parks, hiking, and boating, there are extensive mountain biking opportunities at Lake Hickory Trails, an interconnected trail system at Hickory City, and Rotary-Geitner Parks. The system includes a beginner flow trail, intermediate loop, pump track, and an advanced jump line to accommodate riders of all levels.

Numerous festivals also take place throughout the year in Hickory. Experience a traditional Oktoberfest each October with plenty of beer, brats, and sauerkraut. Purchase art for your home or business at the Downtown Hickory Art Crawl where artists display their work across four city blocks. Paintings, pottery, music, and more are some of the locals' favorites at this annual festival.

For a musical experience like no other, add the Symphony Under the Sails concerts to your calendar. The Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Matthew Troy, performs in downtown Hickory throughout the fall season. Bring a friend and enjoy the food and drink available from local vendors.

Catch a Hickory Crawdads minor league baseball game during the summer months at L.P. Frans Stadium at Winkler Park. Affiliated with the Texas Rangers, the stadium is a traditionally built brick stadium with brick columns and architecture.

For science buffs and children of all ages, plan an outing to the Catawba Science Center. Here you will have an opportunity to experience hands-on exhibits, explore numerous aquarium galleries, and watch a movie in the planetarium theater.


Hickory Public Schools service Catawba County in North Carolina and are highly rated.



Overview for Hickory, NC

42,831 people live in Hickory, where the median age is 38.3 and the average individual income is $32,745. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Hickory, NC

Hickory has 17,363 households, with an average household size of 2.38. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Hickory do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 42,831 people call Hickory home. The population density is 1,392.18 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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