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Time Zone: Catawba County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Newton is the Seat for Catawba County.

Catawba County was founded in 1842 and was created by taking area from LincolnCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Catawba had a population of 159,125 people. This is an increase of 12.31% since the last Census (which gave a population of 141,685 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Catawba represented 1.76% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 12th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010154,358+8.94%-3% since 2009
2009159,125+12.31%+1.03% since 2008
2008157,507+11.17%+1.27% since 2007
2007155,532+9.77% 
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2000141,685The Last Census

More information can be found on the Catawba County Census Page for Catawba County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Catawba County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Catawba County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Hickory   41,46937,22211.41% increase  
Newton   13,57812,5608.11% increase  
Conover   7,4286,60412.48% increase  
Maiden   3,4953,2826.49% increase  
Claremont   1,1531,03811.08% increase  

Websites for Catawba County

Official Website:   www.co.catawba.nc.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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