Hickory, North Carolina Population 2024

44,868

Hickory is a city located in Burke County, Caldwell County, and Catawba County North Carolina. Hickory has a 2024 population of 44,868. Hickory is currently growing at a rate of 0.88% annually and its population has increased by 3.01% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 43,556 in 2020.

The average household income in Hickory is $85,328 with a poverty rate of 16.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Hickory is 37.9 years, 37 years for males, and 39 years for females.

Hickory Demographics

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

  • White: 69.75%
  • Black or African American: 13.34%
  • Two or more races: 6.95%
  • Other race: 5.38%
  • Asian: 4.01%
  • Native American: 0.57%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
29.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,513.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
3.01% (1,312)
The current population of Hickory, North Carolina is 44,868 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 43,556.

Hickory, North Carolina Population 2024

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Hickory Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White30,23969.75%
Black or African American5,78213.34%
Two or more races3,0116.95%
Other race2,3315.38%
Asian1,7404.01%
Native American2490.57%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Hickory Population by Race

Hickory Population Pyramid 2024

Hickory Median Age

37.9

Total

37

Male

39

Female

Hickory Adults

There are 34,322 adults, (7,326 of whom are seniors) in Hickory.

Hickory Age Dependency

60.6

Age Dependency Ratio

27.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Hickory Sex Ratio

Female22,29451.43%
Male21,05848.57%

Hickory Population by Age

Hickory Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All17,6632.3653.646.4
Married7,2513.0473.726.3
Non Family7,0841.2639.960.1
Female2,3283.2535.164.9
Male1,0003.2348.651.4
showing: 5 rows

2.99

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

53.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Hickory Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Hickory Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Hickory Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 64.77%.

Hickory Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$40,363

Average Earnings

$46,624

Average Male

$33,498

Average Female

Hickory Earnings by Educational Attainment

Hickory Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Hickory Language

85.63% of Hickory residents speak only English, while 14.37% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.1% of the population.

Hickory Language

Hickory Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White27,3802,90210.6%
Black5,4201,85334.19%
Hispanic5,6781,72630.4%
Other2,3191,10947.82%
Multiple2,89632811.33%
Asian1,67119711.79%
Native2492710.84%
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16.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.34%

Male Poverty Rate

17.78%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Hickory

The race most likely to be in poverty in Hickory is Other, with 47.82% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Hickory is White, with 10.6% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.9%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.82%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.12%.

Hickory Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.43%
High School17.9%
Some College13.41%
Bachelors or Greater3.58%
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Hickory Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed53.76%
Male Unemployed51.66%
Female Employed9.41%
Male Employed6.58%
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Hickory Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Hickory Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Hickory Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

43.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.7%

Male Marriage Rate

40.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Hickory Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Hickory Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Hickory Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Hickory Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,434

Number of Veterans

2,198

Male Veterans

236

Female Veterans

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Hickory Veterans by War

count

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Hickory Veterans by Age

count

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Hickory Veterans by Race

Hickory Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

10.23%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.27%

Veteran Disability Rate

Hickory Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

59.8%

Labor Force Participation

56.1%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Hickory Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Hickory Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Hickory Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

59.03%

Born in Hickory

91.08%

Native Born

8.92%

Foreign Born

5.84%

Non Citizen

3.08%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.08% of Hickory residents were born in the United States, with 59.03% having been born in North Carolina. 5.84% 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: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202946,8283920.84%
202846,4363920.85%
202746,0443920.86%
202645,6523920.87%
202545,2603920.87%
202444,8683920.88%
202344,4763920.89%
202244,0843920.9%
202143,6921360.31%
202043,5562,2985.57%
201941,2581760.43%
201841,0821700.42%
201740,9123250.8%
201640,5872790.69%
201540,3081110.28%
201440,197910.23%
201340,10650.01%
201240,10180.02%
201140,093-93-0.23%
201040,1862,9647.96%
200037,2228,92131.52%
199028,3017,54436.34%
198020,7571880.91%
197020,5691,2416.42%
196019,3284,57330.99%
195014,7551,2689.4%
194013,4876,12483.17%
19307,3632,28745.06%
19205,0761,36036.6%
19103,7161,18146.59%
19002,535
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Hickory Population by Year