Catawba County, one of the premier furniture manufacturing centers in the country, is featured in NORTH CAROLINA magazine's â€œcommunity profile.â€ Each year over half a million people shop at the world famous Hickory Furniture Mart. The county also benefits from its location, both for retirement or relaxation seekers. The past is kept alive through seven historic districts, and the future is developed through three school systems that rank high on state standards. An active arts council supports fifty-five diverse arts, sciences, and historical interests. Catawba County has a strong manufacturing base, two high-quality medical centers, and a great quality of life for its citizens.