Hickory is home to a Life. Well Crafted.  From delectable farm-to-table restaurants, outdoor adventures on Lake Hickory, and eclectic downtown shops, to a growing craft beer scene and an arts and cultural community to rival that of cities more than twice its size, Hickory offers a unique experience that continues to enthrall residents and attract visitors from all around.  A manufacturing hub that continues to evolve and reinvent itself, Hickory is a city capturing the attention and affection of people and publications beyond the region.  Check out the stories below, which highlight Hickory.

Hickory is trending.


Forbes: Best Places for Business and Careers 2018 (10.24.2018)

According to a recent Forbes article, in 2018, Hickory, N.C. ranks No. 1 in the nation for lowest business costs, at 25% below the U.S. average.  In 2017, Hickory was ranked No. 1 with business costs 23% below the U.S. average.


Hickory, N.C. Among Top 10 Least Expensive Retirement Towns in America (9.5.2018)

In a recent article, ranked Hickory, N.C. as the No. 6 least expensive retirement town in the country.  Data analysts at "looked at the 500 largest metropolitan statistical areas, focusing on those where at least a quarter of the population is aged 60 and up, and where the most folks in this age group moved to between 2011 and 2015."  Metros were then ranked by the total cost to pay down a 15-year mortgage on a median-priced home, assuming buyers would have a 20 percent down payment and a 5 percent mortgage interest rate.


Area Development: 2018 Leading Metro Locations (7.2018)

Area Development recently released a report ranking all of the metro areas by a number of different criteria.  The Hickory MSA climbed the ranks in several notable measures over the last several years. 

  • Overall, Hickory MSA ranked 109th out of 394 metros, rising from 346th in 2014. Only 2 U.S. metro areas have improved more during the same period (Albany, GA and Niles-Benton, Michigan).
  • Hickory MSA ranked 20th in terms of 5-year unemployment rate change, with only 19 places in the country having had a bigger positive swing in unemployment.
  • Hickory MSA ranked 54th in overall economic strength for 2018, ahead of places like Jacksonville, Florida (55), Provo (64), Dallas (67), or even Charlotte (76).
  • Hickory MSA ranked 41st in YOY growth, ahead of Seattle (42), Boston (68) and Chattanooga (91).
  • Hickory MSA ranked 37th in 5-year growth, ahead of Nashville (53), Knoxville (201) or San Antonio (207).

National Geographic Travel recognizes Hickory as one of this year's Best Small Cities in America (1.15.2018)

National Geographic Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine, recently unveiled its 29 “Cities on the Rise” based on a unique set of metrics, as well as expert picks from its editors.  Hickory, N.C. made the list of National Geographic Travel’s Best Small Cities for 2018, as one of the most “Hipster Friendly” cities in America!


Hickory ranked among safest cities in North Carolina (1.12.2018)

The City of Hickory is ranked the No. 20 safest city in North Carolina, according to SafeHome, a professional review site dedicated to making communities safer.  With a safety score of 64.06, Hickory is noted to have exceptionally low violent crime and property crime rates, as well as the best citizen-to-officer ratio among North Carolina’s top 25 safest cities.


Hickory’s on the rise: Ranks No. 3 “biggest gainer” in new economic growth study (1.10.2018)

Hickory’s economy is rapidly growing, according to a new study cited by USA TODAY. Hickory, N.C. is ranked the No. 3 “biggest gainer” of 2017, after rising 64 places to No. 103 on Milken Institute’s list of Best-Performing Cities in America.  Milken Institute’s annual report analyzes economic trends and dynamics shaping American cities and highlights the factors driving innovation and growth across the nation.


Hickory, N.C. Named Top Tinsel Town in America (12.11.2017)

In a recent article, named Hickory, N.C. as the #1 Best City in America for Holiday Lovers. Hickory was selected as the Top Tinsel Town after considering a variety of holiday aspects, including: flights coming in to town for the holidays, Christmas parades, holiday events, and the number of Christmas trees cut down. The City of Hickory’s annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Downtown was listed as the holiday highlight for our city, as well as other local events that make Hickory, N.C. very special, especially during the holiday season.

Articles about Hickory

Asheville Today: Hickory: Your 24-hour guide (6.28.2018)

Our State Magazine: The Miracle of Hickory (6.25.2018)

Charlotte Business Journal: Hickory-area business park breaks ground, aims to bring hundreds of clean, high-tech jobs to the region (5.18.2018)

Our State Magazine: A Day at the Park in Hickory (3.27.2018)

SmartAsset: Best Places to Retire in North Carolina (3.8.2018)
Hickory ranked 7th best place to retire in NC

Business North Carolina: Catawba county delivers on its promises (2.2.2018)

Hickory Daily Record: County getting positive attention (2.2.2018)

Charlotte Magazine: Around Towns: Exploring Hickory (1.22.2018)

Forbes: Best Places for Business and Careers 2017 (10.27.2017)
Hickory ranked 1st in the nation for lowest business costs at 23% below the U.S. average

SmartAsset: The Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina (10.24.2017)
Hickory ranked 9th best place to raise a family in NC

Our State Magazine: 10 Great Mountain Towns (10.1.2017)

Kiplinger: Why Hickory, N.C., Is a Great Place to Retire (8.2017)
10 Great Places to Retire

LendEDU: Best Cities to Start a Small Business (4.6.2017)
Hickory ranked 140 among top 250 cities to start a business

Business North Carolina: Regional Focus: Catawba County (2.2017)

WNC Magazine: Hickory Rising: The city’s long-planned major makeover takes off (9/10.2016)

Our State Magazine: City Portrait: Hickory (6.8.2016)
This Catawba County city inspires residents to craft well-rounded lives — and much, much more.

Our State Magazine: Hickory Day Trip Guide (9.2.2015)

NerdWallet: Best Places to Start a Business in North Carolina (5.11.2015)
Hickory ranked 4th best place to start a business in NC

Highlighted Hickory Arts and Culture

Our State Magazine: Collecting and Preserving Southern Folk Art in Hickory (9.14.2016)

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