Hickory demographics profile

StatisticHickoryNorth CarolinaNational
Population density (sq mi)1,37421891
Median age37.638.337.7
Male/Female ratio0.9:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)55%57%55%
Families w/ Kids under 1844%43%43%
Speak English84%89%79%
Speak Spanish12%7%13%
Hickory, NC has a population of 40,274 and is the 1,028th largest city in the United States. The population density is 1,374 per sq mi which is 530% higher than the North Carolina average and 1417% higher than the national average. The median age in Hickory is 38 which is approximately 2% lower than the North Carolina average of 38. In Hickory, 55% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 84% speak English and 12% speak Spanish. 59% of Hickory residents were born in North Carolina, 30% were born out of state, 1% were born outside of the United States and 10% were foreign born.

Did you know?

  • The population density in Hickory is 530% higher than North Carolina.
  • The median age in Hickory is 2% lower than North Carolina.
  • In Hickory 72.81% of the population is White.
  • In Hickory 12.39% of the population is Black or African American.
  • In Hickory 4.39% of the population is Asian.

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      Hickory population breakdown by race

      RaceHickoryNorth CarolinaNational
      Black or African American12.39%21.50%12.63%
      American Indian0.19%1.18%0.82%
      Native Hawaiian0.00%0.07%0.18%
      Mixed race1.65%2.45%3.06%
      Other race8.56%3.01%4.75%
      In Hickory, 13.6% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
      Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

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      Hickory age breakdown

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      Source: The Hickory, NC demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).