Hickory City - The Most Livable to Live
Just when you though that Hickory is an exclusive term used for a
certain tree or the flavor or your favorite barbeque, there is a city in
North Carolina that is named the same. Located in Bruke, Caldwell and
Catwaba counties, the city of Hickory is the 162nd largest urban area in
the United States at 28.1 square miles and has a population of 37, 222
according to the 2000 census. Hickory has been a recipient of the
All-America City Award by the National Civic League three times,
elevating itself to the Hall of Fame. The award is given to cities that
have notable citizens who have been fostering cooperation that leads for
the betterment of the community.
The city was also recognized by the
Money Magazine as one of "the most livable to live" in 1998.
Hickory's history goes back in 1870 when it was formally incorporated
but its name was lifted from the Hickory Tavern, which was built in
northwest section of Catawba County in 1790. Educational institutional
like Free Academy and the Lenoir-Rhyne College was founded in the 1800s,
with the former established by Dr. Jeremiah Ingold in 1868 and the
latter by Lutheran pastors in 1891. Adding up Hickory's symbol of
antiquity is Hickory White, which is the oldest manufacturer of
furniture in the United States. This company originally named Hickory
Manufacturing Company was built in 1902 and has been operating ever
Aside from furniture, Hickory is also a leading manufacturer of fiber
optic cable. Statistics says that 60% of the United States' furniture is
produced within Hickory, while 40% of fiber optic cables are made in
Going back at Lenoir-Rhyne College, this is a private liberal arts
college which is connected with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America and is one of America's Best Colleges according to the 2007 US
News and World Report.
Among its degree offerings include Communication, Business
Administration, Music, Education, English, Theatre and more. Another
institution of higher learning is a public institution, the Catawba
Valley Community College, established in 1958.
This is part of the North Carolina Community College System which
offers associate degree and short-term academic programs. Among Hickory's historic sites are the Hickory Museum of Art, Catawba
Science Center and the Catawba Valley Furniture Museum. The Hickory
Furniture Mart, which has been an interior decorator's paradise remains
as one of the most visited attractions. The city also has a center for
performing arts which is embodied by the Western Piedmont Symphony.
Famous people from Hickory include Astrophysicist Scott Talbert,
actor-comedian Jon Reep and Pauletta Pearson Washington, Denzel