Hickory, North Carolina Population 2021

41,547
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Hickory is a city located in Catawba County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 41,547, it is the 23rd largest city in North Carolina and the 942nd largest city in the United States . Hickory is currently growing at a rate of 0.45% annually and its population has increased by 3.84% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 40,010 in 2010. Hickory reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 30 miles, Hickory has a population density of 1,402 people per square mile.

The average household income in Hickory is $70,799 with a poverty rate of 17.11%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $734 per month, and the median house value is $168,600. The median age in Hickory is 38.1 years, 37.4 years for males, and 38.7 years for females.

Hickory Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Hickorywas:

  • White: 71.12%
  • Black or African American: 12.64%
  • Other race: 8.27%
  • Asian: 5.10%
  • Two or more races: 2.83%
  • Native American: 0.04%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Hickory, North Carolina is 41,547 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 41,171.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 40,010.

Hickory, North Carolina Population 2021

2020 and 2021 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021372,2351,2620.34%
2020370,9731,2620.34%
2019369,7111,2620.34%
2018368,4491,3640.37%
2017367,0852,2870.62%
2016364,7981,4520.40%
2015363,3463110.09%
2014363,035-344-0.09%
2013363,379-291-0.08%
2012363,670-808-0.22%
2011364,478-1,087-0.30%
2010365,5650.00%

Hickory Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White28,89971.12%
Black or African American5,13712.64%
Some Other Race3,3618.27%
Asian2,0715.10%
Two or More Races1,1482.83%
American Indian and Alaska Native180.04%
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Hickory Population by Race

Hickory Population Pyramid $2021

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Hickory Median Age

38.1


Total

37.4


Male

38.7


Female

Hickory Adults

There are 31,583 adults, (6,851 of whom are seniors) in Hickory.

Hickory Age Dependency

64.3

Age Dependency Ratio

27.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Hickory Sex Ratio

Female

21,433

52.75%

Male

19,201

47.25%

Hickory Population by Age

Hickory Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Hickory Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male34.4%65.6%
Female39.7%60.3%
Non Family43.4%56.6%
All54.8%45.2%
Married72.8%27.2%

54.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Hickory Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All16,6902.3554.8
Married7,0063.1372.8
Non Family6,8561.243.4
Female1,9333.2639.7
Male8953.1534.4

3.06

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

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Hickory Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0813.96%
9th to 12th Grade2,1727.95%
High School Graduate6,97525.52%
Some College5,16218.89%
Associates Degree2,82910.35%
Bachelors Degree5,69020.82%
Graduate Degree3,42212.52%
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Hickory Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Hickory Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White19,84218,3348,034
Black3,4162,736311
Hispanic2,6051,713189
Other Race1,7041,05455
Asian1,1931,013497
2+ Races35233681
Native American8

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 95.45%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 41.66%.

Hickory Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,713$39,186$27,109
Less Than 9th Grade$21,761$25,469$18,017
High School Graduate$25,175$28,463$21,637
Some College$29,682$36,197$23,929
Bachelors Degree$45,191$58,036$32,354
Graduate Degree$54,609$83,656$46,036

$31,713

Average Earnings

$39,186

Average Male

$27,109

Average Female

Hickory Earnings by Educational Attainment

Hickory Language by Age

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Hickory Language

83.89% of Hickory residents speak only English, while 16.11% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.16% of the population.

Hickory Language

Hickory Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White26,2962,82210.73%
Black4,8441,69334.95%
Hispanic5,1421,59731.06%
Other3,3441,06631.88%
Asian2,07133916.37%
Multiple1,11231828.60%
Native18844.44%

17.11%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.15%

Male Poverty Rate

19.80%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Hickory

The race most likely to be in poverty in Hickory is Native, with 44.44% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Hickory is White, with 10.73% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.14%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.22%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.77%.

Hickory Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade35.17%
High School19.73%
Some College11.67%
Bachelors or Greater4.86%

Hickory Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed56.73%
Male Unemployed28.04%
Female Employed9.42%
Male Employed7.66%

Hickory Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Hickory Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$47,652$70,799
Families$64,406$93,339
Married Families$80,109-
Non Families$25,094$36,310
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Income by Household Type

Hickory Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.5%

Male Marriage Rate

42.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Hickory Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Hickory Marital Status

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2,485

Number of Veterans

2,333

Male Veterans

152

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam976
First Gulf War341
Second Gulf War339
Korea266
World War II53

Hickory Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74732
55 to 64527
75+506
35 to 54485
18 to 34235

Hickory Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,9948.38%
Black3448.81%
Hispanic1434.57%
Other Race743.63%
2+ Races428.00%
Asian312.38%

Hickory Veterans by Race

Hickory Veterans by Education

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6.91%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.25%

Veteran Disability Rate

Hickory Veterans by Education

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62.1%

Labor Force Participation

56.8%

Employment Rate

8.5%

Unemployment Rate

Hickory Employment by Age

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Hickory Employment by Race

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Hickory Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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58.99%

Born in Hickory

91.04%

Native Born

8.96%

Foreign Born

5.63%

Non Citizen

3.33%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.04% of Hickory residents were born in the United States, with 58.99% having been born in North Carolina. 5.63% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Hickory Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202141,5471880.45%
202041,3591880.46%
201941,1711880.46%
201840,9832070.51%
201740,7763510.87%
201640,4252820.70%
201540,1431080.27%
201440,035870.22%
201339,94810.00%
201239,94790.02%
201139,938-96-0.24%
201040,0342,8120.73%
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%

Hickory Population by Year