- Catawba County, North Carolina
Infobox U.S. County
county = Catawba County
state = North Carolina
seallink = show
map size = 250
founded = 1842
seat = Newton | area_total_sq_mi =414
area percentage = 3.27%
census yr = 2000
pop = 153,784
web = www.catawbacountync.gov
Law and government
Catawba County is a member of the regional
Western Piedmont Council of Governments.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 414
square miles (1,071 km²), of which, 400 square miles (1,036 km²) of it is land and 14 square miles (35 km²) of it (3.27%) is water.
The county is divided into eleven townships: Maiden, Bandy's, Caldwell, Catawba, Clines, Hickory, Jacobs Fork, Mountain View, Newton, Claremont, and Longview.
Alexander County, North Carolina- north
Iredell County, North Carolina- east
Lincoln County, North Carolina- south
Burke County, North Carolina- west
Caldwell County, North Carolina- northwest
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 141,685 people, 55,533 households, and 39,095 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 354 people per square mile (137/km²). There were 59,919 housing units at an average density of 150 per square mile (58/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.99% White, 8.37% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 2.93% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.26% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 5.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 55,533 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $40,536, and the median income for a family was $47,474. Males had a median income of $30,822 versus $23,352 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $20,358. About 6.50% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
*Freeze, Gary R. "The Catawbans: Crafters of a North Carolina County, 1747-1900" Catawba County Historical Association, 1995. ISBN 0-9702776-2-8.
*Freeze, Gary R. "The Catawbans: Pioneers in Progress, Vol. 2." Catawba County Historical Association, 2002.
* [http://www.catawbacountync.gov Catawba County government official website]
* [http://www.catawbachamber.org/ Catawba County Chamber of Commerce]
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