The city of Hickory is located in the county of Catawba. It covers a total area of 77.2 sq. km. Industries related to adhesives, advertising, aviation, architecture, automotive, finance, construction, cleaning, information technology, farm equipment, freight forwarding, industrial and commercial machinery, oil and lubrication, optical goods, real estate and education, contributing to the local economy in a positive way. Commercial spaces are utilized by resale shops, service stations, seafood restaurants and educational institutions.