Catawba, NC
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Catawba is a tiny town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 618 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Catawba is the 461st largest community in North Carolina.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Catawba is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.93% of the Catawba workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Catawba is a town of production and manufacturing workers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Catawba who work in office and administrative support (22.01%), management occupations (6.34%), and art, media, and design (5.97%).

Of important note, Catawba is also a town of artists. Catawba has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Catawba’s character.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Catawba has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Catawba has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Catawba than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Catawba may be for you.

Catawba is a small town, and as is often the case with smaller towns, the population isn't large or dense enough to support much in the way of a public transportation system. In fact, there are many rural roads around Catawba, which makes walking or biking to and from work a bit difficult. This makes for a very car-oriented town: 0.97% of residents commute to work by private automobile, and people often drive out of town for work, shopping, and other activities.

Being a small town, Catawba does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Catawba rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.96% of adults 25 and older in Catawba have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Catawba in 2010 was $20,659, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $82,636 for a family of four. However, Catawba contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Catawba is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Catawba home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Catawba residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Catawba include Irish, English, European, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Catawba is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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