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Conover, North Carolina
Businesses along 1st Avenue (NC 16)
Businesses along 1st Avenue (NC 16)
Official seal of Conover, North Carolina
"Wye Town", "Canova", “C-Town”
"Community and Industry"
Location of Conover, North Carolina
Location of Conover, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Catawba
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 11.06 sq mi (28.64 km2)
 • Land 11.03 sq mi (28.56 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
1,060 ft (323 m)
 • Total 8,421
 • Density 772.57/sq mi (299.02/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-14340
GNIS feature ID 0983463

Conover is a city in Catawba County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 8,421 as of the 2020 census. It is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area and Charlotte Metropolitan Area.


The Bolick Historic District and George Huffman Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Conover is located in the geographic center as well as the population center of Catawba County and is bordered by the City of Hickory to the west, the City of Newton to the south, and the City of Claremont to the east. Interstate 40 traverses Conover, with access from four major exits (128, 130, 132, and 133). U.S. Route 70, U.S. Route 321, and North Carolina Highway 16 all pass through Conover, making Conover one of the most easily accessible cities in the Charlotte Metro Region.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Conover has a total area of 10.9 square miles (28.3 km2), of which 0.031 square miles (0.08 km2), or 0.27%, is water


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 150
1890 337 124.7%
1900 413 22.6%
1910 421 1.9%
1920 681 61.8%
1930 973 42.9%
1940 1,195 22.8%
1950 1,164 −2.6%
1960 2,281 96.0%
1970 3,355 47.1%
1980 4,245 26.5%
1990 5,465 28.7%
2000 6,604 20.8%
2010 8,165 23.6%
2020 8,421 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Conover racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 5,678 67.43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 721 8.56%
Native American 19 0.23%
Asian 455 5.4%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 366 4.35%
Hispanic or Latino 1,181 14.02%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 8,421 people, 3,346 households, and 2,265 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census there were 8,165 people, 3,368 households, and 2,182 families residing in the city.The population density was 738.1 people per square mile (249.2/km2). There were 3,654 housing units at an average density of 328.5 per square mile (108.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.1% White, 9.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.2% Asian, 5.8% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.2% of the population.

There were 3,654 households, out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.

City Services

The Conover Public Works Department provides Water, Street Construction, Maintenance and Repair, Storm Water Management, Solid Waste and Recycling, Water Treatment, Grounds and Parks and Fleet Maintenance services to the residents of Conover.


The Conover Fire Department provides Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Mitigation, Technical Rescues, Public Education, and Fire Prevention and Inspection with 18 full-time and 40 part-time/volunteer firefighters operating out of three fire stations.

Law Enforcement

The Conover Police Department is staffed by 27 full-time officers, 1 Code Enforcement officer, 5 part-time employees, and 5 volunteer police chaplains.

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services for the City of Conover are provided by CCEMS, the Catawba County EMS Agency.


Conover is located in the western piedmont area of North Carolina. Conover is located 43 miles (69 km) northwest of Charlotte, 63 miles (101 km) west of Winston-Salem, and 83 miles (134 km) east of Asheville.

Interstate 40 traverses the city along with other major roads including US 70, US 321 and NC 16, making it easy to access the city from any direction.

Mass transit

  • Greenway Bus Transportation (main office located in Conover)

Parks and Recreation

Conover is home of the Rock Barn Country Club and Spa, a golf club with two Championship 18-hole courses and renowned spa that was home to the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, a PGA Champions Tour Event.

Conover has nine Neighborhood Parks and one Greenway:

  • Downtown Park - 1.97 acres (0.80 ha), with gazebo, walking trails and playground equipment.
  • Gateway Park - a linear park that provides a pedestrian/bicycle link into downtown.
  • Hines Park - located in the ConWest Business Park, the park and its gazebo are mainly used by employees of nearby businesses.
  • Hunsucker Park - located in the largest neighborhood in the city, Lecho Park, the park occupies 1.13 acres (0.46 ha) and contains playground equipment.
  • Majestic Park - located in the southwest quadrant of the city, the park occupies 3.92 acres (1.59 ha) and contains recreation equipment.
  • Rowe Park - The smallest of the city's parks, it contains a gazebo, picnic table, and a swing set.
  • Travis Park - Located in the northwest quadrant of the city, the park contains benches, a picnic table and recreation equipment.
  • Washington/Southwest Park - 2.21 acres (0.89 ha), the park includes a basketball court and baseball field, along with recreation equipment.
  • Conover City Park - 6.75 acres (2.73 ha), with a picnic area, playground equipment, walking trails, splash pad and wetlands.
  • Lyle Creek Greenway - A 1.5 mile long enhanced surface natural trail that follows Lyle Creek and provides great relaxation and wildlife viewing. This trail consists of both wooded areas and open fields.

NASCAR in Conover

Conover is home to the Transportation Office for NASCAR. Conover is also home to Dale Jarrett Inc., and Morgan Shepard Racing Ventures.


The City of Conover is served by Newton-Conover City Schools and Catawba County Schools.

Elementary schools

  • Shuford Elementary School (Newton-Conover City Schools)
  • South Newton Elementary School (Newton-Conover City Schools)
  • North Newton Elementary School (Newton-Conover City Schools)
  • Conover School (Newton-Conover City Schools)
  • Lyle Creek Elementary School (Catawba County Schools)
  • St. Stephens Elementary School (Catawba County Schools)

Middle schools

  • Newton-Conover Middle School (Newton-Conover City Schools)

Private schools

  • Concordia Christian Day School (K—8)

Notable people

  • Mark K. Hilton, member of the North Carolina General Assembly 2001–2013
  • Tommy Houston, NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series driver
  • W. Stine Isenhower, member of the North Carolina House of Representatives 1986–1992
  • Dale Jarrett, NASCAR Cup Series champion, three-time Daytona 500 champion, and 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee
  • Glenn Jarrett, NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series driver
  • Jason Jarrett, NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series driver
  • Ned Jarrett, two-time NASCAR champion and 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee
  • Robert Kearns, bassist who has played with several notable bands
  • Morgan Shepherd, NASCAR Cup Series driver and NASCAR team owner
  • Chris Washburn, NBA player

See also

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