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About Our Town

Accessed from US 321 north of Interstate 40, Granite Falls offers small town living near the larger market of Hickory. The Town's transportation network includes connections to I-40, I-85 and I-26. Home to nationally recognized Bank of Granite, the Town of Granite Falls' economy has been centered on manufacturing. Growth in tourism and the retirement industry are diversifying the economic base. Strong support of business with a commitment to small town quality of life is Granite Falls' recipe for economic success.

Population

  1990 2000 2010
Town of Granite Falls 3,253 4,611 4,722
Caldwell County 70,709 77,708 83,029
Hickory MSA 221,700 341,851 365,497

 

Caldwell County Labor Force: 35,992 (November, 2010)

Caldwell County Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (March 2010-April 2011)

Granite Falls' Largest Employers

Employer Product/Service
NEPTCO Tapes & Composites, Fiber Optics,
Wire & Cable Protection
Pregis, Inc. Packaging
Jordon-Holman Lumber Co. & Associated Hardwoods, Inc Kiln Dried Hardwoods
Caldwell Co. Schools Education
Camelot Manor Nursing Facility Skilled Nursing Care
Super Wal-Mart Retail

Transportation
Granite Falls is located on US 321 near Interstate 40. The transportation network provides quick access to both the Hickory and Charlotte regions. The Hickory Regional Airport is 15 minutes away, the Lenoir-Morganton Airport is a 30-minute drive and Charlotte Douglas Int'l Airport is about one hour away.

Taxes (Per $100 Valuation)

  2010-11
Town of Granite Falls $0.42
Caldwell County $0.6599

 

Utilities

Service Provider
Water/Wastewater Town of Granite Falls
Electric Town of Granite Falls
Duke Power
Blue Ridge EMC
Natural Gas Piedmont Natural Gas
Telecommunications CenturyLink
Charter Communications
Rail Service Caldwell County Railroad

Education and Training
Granite Falls is served by the Caldwell County Public School System. SAT scores have consistently been above the state average and now surpass the national average.

Caldwell Community College, near Granite Falls, is part of the North Carolina Community College System, rated first in the nation for industry support and training. The New and Expanding Industry Training Program offers customized, free training to new and expanding industries. The Focused Industrial Training Program provides ongoing training to local companies at a very low cost. The Faye A. Broyhill Teaching Center is a collaborative effort between Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute and Appalachian State University and is located on the CCC&TI campus.

Lenoir-Rhyne University, a co-educational, private liberal arts institution, is located in nearby Hickory. Lenoir-Rhyne offers a rich foundation in the arts, humanities, social sciences, language, religion, and natural sciences. Appalachian State University is near Granite Falls in Boone and is part of the University North Carolina System. ASU provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in a broad spectrum of disciplines.

The new Hickory Metro Higher Education Center is a progressive collaboration between Catawba Valley Community College, Lenoir-Rhyne University and Appalachian State University. The institution is located adjacent to the community college campus and provides undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Quality of Life
The Granite Falls area is served by several medical centers: Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Valdese General Hospital and Frye Regional Medical Center.

Caldwell County has a wealth of outdoor recreation, arts and cultural opportunities. Cycling, hiking, boating, and golf are some of the activities in the immediate area. Caldwell Arts Council and Foothills Performing Arts are two of the local organizations involved in arts and cultural programs and the Hickory area has many more.

 
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