Catawba, North Carolina

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Catawba is a town in Catawba County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 698 at the 2000 census. It is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area. As with the county, the name recalls the Catawba tribe of Native Americans, who once inhabited the area.



Catawba is located at 35°42′35″N 81°4′33″W / 35.70972°N 81.07583°W / 35.70972; -81.07583 (35.709853, -81.075734)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.56%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 698 people, 270 households, and 208 families residing in the town. The population density was 305.3 people per square mile (117.7/km²). There were 285 housing units at an average density of 124.7/sq mi (48.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 65.90% White, 30.37% African American, 1.00% Asian, 2.15% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.59% of the population.

There were 270 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.

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