Catawba County, North Carolina, is located in the western part of the State in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its population of 141,685 (2000 census) includes the inhabitants of its eight municipalities. It covers 405 square miles (656.10 Km). The cities and towns in Catawba County are Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Long View, Maiden, Newton.
Catawba County's three lakes and its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains exert a strong influence on the County's climate and ambience. The County is sheltered by mountains that moderate winter temperatures and provide refreshing summer breezes.
Catawba County is the center of a heavily industrialized area. The beauty of the County is retained by the $13 Million agricultural industry, with 60% of that coming from the County's 17 Grade A dairies. Piedmont Farms, recognized world wide for its high quality Jersey cattle, ships cattle to places such as Colombia, South America, and Puerto Rico.
The County, Chamber of Commerce and cities worked together in bringing new industry.