US News & World Report  named Hickory as one of the Best Places to Retire in the US, 3rd in NC. (Oct. 2021)

US News & World Report ranked the Hickory MSA as 4th for Most Affordable Places to Live in the US and as 5th in Best Places to Live in NC. (Jul. 2021)

Site Selection magazine ranked the Hickory MSA as 6th in the nation for number of economic development projects per capita in their 2020 Governor's Cup rankings. (Mar. 2021)

Smartest Dollar ranked the Hickory MSA as #1 midsize metro for number of manufactuirng jobs(Nov. 2020)

Business Facilities ranked the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton MSA #5 midsize MSA for manufacturing in their 2020 Metro And Global Rankings Reports.

Once again, has ranked the Greater Hickory Metro as having the lowest business costs in the nation for 2019. Since 2006 the metro area has been ranked no lower than 6th.  (Oct. 2019)