A+ Hickory Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Hickory Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to North Carolina
964% less expensive than the US average
North Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Hickory cost of living
F Hickory Crime Total crime is 75% higher than North Carolina
Total crime
5,02295% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2095% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Hickory crime
D Hickory Employment Household income is 14% lower than North Carolina
Median household income
$41,53325% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,12812% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%equal to the US average
Hickory employment
F Hickory Housing Home value is equal to North Carolina
Median home value
$157,50015% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$67629% lower than the US average
Home ownership
53%16% lower than the US average
Hickory real estate or Hickory rentals
D+ Hickory Schools HS graduation rate is equal to North Carolina
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
47%4% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
Hickory K-12 schools or Hickory colleges

Living in Hickory, NC

Hickory, North Carolina is a moderately-sized city with a population of 40,274 people. At 73%, the majority of the Hickory population is White; this is followed by 12% Black and 4% Asian. Hickory has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 72% of the population is classified as married and 61% have kids.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Hickory, North Carolina could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Hickory, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, employment and more.

Hickory, NC receives 69 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #209 in North Carolina and #12,397 in the USA. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Hickory has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+). Hickory does not rank well for the following: crime (F), employment (D) and housing (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Hickory on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Hickory: Hickory Crawdads / L.P. Frans Stadium, Catawba Science Center, and Hickory Museum of Art.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Hickory is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Hickory come in at $157,500, which is 0.3% higher than the North Carolina average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Hickory, the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 15.2% higher than the North Carolina average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Hickory area were 11.1% and 5 year appreciation rates were 3.5%.

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      Hickory Tree

      Hickory,North Carolina. I love history. So when I learned about this towns history i was inspired. It all was started by a guy named Henry Robinson. He built a tavern under a huge hickory tree. The original name for this town was "Hickory Tavern".

      When I visited this town I loved the layout of the area. Hickory has the small town courthouse square with the surrounding town. I loved the at home feeling it gave out. the locals where very friendly and kind. someone even payed for my lunch out of the blue. The people of this town are great.

      Now they major sport in this town is baseball. If you don't enjoy this sport, well it might be a little loud if the rangers go somewhere in their season. They are also big fans of Nascar. Its all very exciting all fun. great for families and kids. You could even bring your grandma with you and she would enjoy the ride.

      This town is a great town.it all started with a hickory tree.
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      Source: The Hickory, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).