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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hickory is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (12.67%), office and administrative support (11.40%), and management occupations (11.30%).

In terms of college education, Hickory is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.88% of adults in Hickory have a college degree.

The per capita income in Hickory in 2010 was $26,851, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,404 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 12.62% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hickory include English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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