Located in a superb geographic location, just 45 minutes northwest of Charlotte and an hour east of Asheville. Lakefront living is possible within a 10-15 minute drive of the hospital. The highest mountains of the eastern US and 4 ski resorts are within a 1 hour drive. The famed beaches of North and South Carolina are an easy 4-5 hour drive away.
The population is about 50,000, and serves as the center of the 4th largest metropolitan statistical area in NC with the medical community serving a population of well over 400,000. The area has many amenities without the traffic and hassles of a large city.
Proud to be the home of the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Hickory Choral Society, Catawba Science Center, and our own Art Museum. There are also two very active community theaters in the county. The school systems are excellent; both public and private.