Hickory, North Carolina Population 2020

41,595

Hickory is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 41,595, it is the 23rd largest city in North Carolina and the 940th largest city in the United States. Hickory is currently growing at a rate of 0.81% annually and its population has increased by 3.96% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 40,010 in 2010. Spanning over 30 miles, Hickory has a population density of 1,403 people per square mile.

The average household income in Hickory is $68,746 with a poverty rate of 16.29%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $715 per month, and the median house value is $167,900. The median age in Hickory is 38.2 years, 36.3 years for males, and 39.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 91.1 males.

Hickory Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Hickory was:

  • White: 71.83%
  • Black or African American: 11.64%
  • Other race: 8.35%
  • Asian: 5.49%
  • Two or more races: 2.54%
  • Native American: 0.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Hickory, North Carolina is 41,595, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 40,925.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 40,010.

Hickory, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020371,2401,4120.38%
2019369,8281,4120.38%
2018368,4161,4120.38%
2017367,0042,1860.60%
2016364,8181,4510.40%
2015363,3672820.08%
2014363,085-332-0.09%
2013363,417-268-0.07%
2012363,685-794-0.22%
2011364,479-1,118-0.31%
2010365,5970.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White29,02171.83%
Black or African American4,70211.64%
Some Other Race3,3748.35%
Asian2,2175.49%
Two or More Races1,0282.54%
American Indian and Alaska Native600.15%

Hickory Population Pyramid 2020

Hickory Median Age

38.2


Total

36.3


Male

39.5


Female

Hickory Adults

There are 31,455 adults, (6,776 of whom are seniors) in Hickory.

Hickory Age Dependency

63.7

Age Dependency Ratio

27.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Hickory Sex Ratio

Female

21,140

52.32%

Male

19,262

47.68%

Hickory Households and Families

Hickory Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Hickory Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.5%26.5%
All55.5%44.5%
Non Family43.5%56.5%
Female38.6%61.4%
Male35.2%64.8%

55.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All16,4342.3855.5
Married7,1093.1173.5
Non Family6,5911.2143.5
Female2,0203.338.6
Male7143.2835.2

3.08

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Hickory Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1894.38%
9th to 12th Grade2,3358.60%
High School Graduate6,84325.20%
Some College5,33219.63%
Associates Degree2,6379.71%
Bachelors Degree5,50020.25%
Graduate Degree3,32412.24%

Hickory Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White19,71618,1648,005
Black3,3232,616211
Hispanic2,6371,652119
Other Race1,8521,132
Asian1,261979438
Multiple Races28127048
Native American1633

The highest rate of high school graduation is among multiple races people with a rate of 96.09%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 40.60%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,929$37,991$26,157
Less Than High School$20,131$22,488$17,647
High School Grad$23,264$26,015$19,401
Some College$29,279$36,315$24,167
Bachelors Degree$45,125$61,139$36,531
Graduate Degree$54,988$81,678$43,856

$30,929

Average Earnings

$37,991

Average Male

$26,157

Average Female

Hickory Language

Hickory Language by Age

Hickory Language

83.42% of Hickory residents speak only English, while 16.58% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.21% of the population.

Hickory Poverty

Hickory Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White26,4553,06711.59%
Hispanic5,1461,27824.83%
Black4,3761,23428.20%
Other3,36194128.00%
Asian2,21751123.05%
Multiple99428628.77%
Native604778.33%

16.29%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.29%

Male Poverty Rate

17.21%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Hickory

The race most likely to be in poverty in Hickory is Native, with 78.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Hickory is White, with 11.59% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.48%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.88%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.51%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.65%
High School18.65%
Some College11.44%
Bachelors or Greater4.57%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed40.37%
Male Unemployed28.37%
Female Employed10.37%
Male Employed7.73%

Hickory Income

Hickory Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$46,390$68,746
Families$62,286$88,853
Married Families$76,414-
Non Families$25,319$37,065

Hickory Marital Status

Hickory Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.7%

Male Marriage Rate

43.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Hickory Married by Age and Sex

Hickory Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Hickory Marital Status by Race

Hickory Veterans

2,500

Number of Veterans

2,327

Male Veterans

173

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam996
Second Gulf War351
First Gulf War308
Korea226
World War II85
Age Group Veterans
65 to 74706
35 to 54541
55 to 64520
75+468
18 to 34265
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,0108.52%
Black3769.90%
Hispanic1213.81%
Other552.52%
2 or More367.73%
Asian231.65%

$Hickory Veterans by Education

6.72%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.33%

Veteran Disability Rate

Hickory Employment Status

62.7%

Labor Force Participation

57.4%

Employment Rate

8.4%

Unemployment Rate

Hickory Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

58.65%

Born in North Carolina

90.74%

Native Born

9.26%

Foreign Born

5.71%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

90.74% of Hickory residents were born in the United States, with 58.65% having been born in North Carolina. 5.71% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202041,5953350.81%
201941,2603350.82%
201840,9251870.46%
201740,7383350.83%
201640,4032770.69%
201540,1261020.25%
201440,024920.23%
201339,93230.01%
201239,929110.03%
201139,918-97-0.24%
201040,0152,7930.73%
200037,2228,9212.78%
199028,3017,5443.15%
198020,7571880.09%
197020,5691,2410.62%
196019,3284,5732.74%
195014,7551,2680.90%
194013,4876,1246.24%
19307,3632,2873.79%
19205,0761,3603.17%
19103,7161,1813.90%
19002,5350.00%