Hickory, NC
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Hickory is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 40,291 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Hickory is the 21st largest community in North Carolina.

Hickory is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Hickory is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hickory who work in sales jobs (14.02%), office and administrative support (10.64%), and management occupations (10.24%).

The overall education level of Hickory citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.65% of adults in Hickory have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Hickory in 2010 was $26,190, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $104,760 for a family of four. However, Hickory contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hickory is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hickory home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hickory residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Hickory also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.90% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hickory include English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Hickory is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.