There’s a lot to like about living in Hickory, NC. The city, which is located in Catawba County, North Carolina, is home to a shade over 40,000 people who find themselves pleasantly nestled between Charlotte (to the southeast) and Cherokee National Forest (to the Northwest). Asheville, Spartanburg, Greenville, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem are all close by as well, making Hickory a perfectly placed mid-sized city for folks looking to live in a quaint yet bustling community.

While we might be slightly biased here at The Legends Apartments, we are comfortable with making the claim that you’d be hard-pressed to find a better mid-size community in central North Carolina. Don’t believe us? That’s fine — allow us to make our case as to why you should start looking for Hickory apartments for rent as soon as possible! Today’s post is dedicated to sharing some of the best aspects of living in Hickory, NC, so read on if you are in the mood to be persuaded, because we are in a convincing mood!

National Geographic Traveler Names The Best Small Cities In The U.S.

Let’s start off with a bang. As of January 2018, National Geographic Travel, which is known as the world’s most popular travel magazine, included Hickory on its list of 29 “Cities on the Rise,” due to its unique set of metrics and the magazine writer’s subjective choice. Of the “unique set of metrics,” in case you are interested, factors like green spaces, coffee shops, live music, “Instagrammable” moments, and other distinctive categories were taken into account. Among these categories are ten key superlatives which influence both visitors and residents of a city like Hickory. Those factors are listed below:

  • Most caffeinated (an abundance of coffee shops)
  • Most Instagrammed (counting hashtags)
  • Musically grooviest
  • Greenest parks
  • Most hipster-friendly (taking into account vintage stores, record shops, tattoo parlors, coffee shops)
  • Sudsiest (most breweries)
  • Best groomed (hair salons, cosmetic dentists, barber shops)
  • Most artsy (art schools, art galleries, art supply stores)
  • Musically grooviest (music venues, instrument stores, live music opportunities)
  • Meatiest (steakhouses, delis, butchers)
  • Most dog-friendly (pet sitting, pet stores, pet groomers, dog-friendly restaurants)

While we aren’t going to blow smoke and say that Hickory took home the first-place prize in every single category, we were able to walk away with being the most “hipster-friendly” small city in America. This is what the widely-read travel magazine had to say about Hickory, North Carolina:

A thriving 20th century manufacturing hub for furniture and textiles, Hickory now finds itself heading our list for its hipster-friendly offerings, from tattoo parlors to vintage clothing boutiques.  Craft-beer enthusiasts gather at the popular annual Hickory Hops festival featuring more than 50 microbreweries and live music.

Downtown Hickory Farmers Market

While we are talking about the best aspects of living in a small to mid-sized community, a seasonal farmer’s market is likely pretty high on most people’s list. Found in Union Square, Hickory Farmers Market is open from April 21st until November 24th! We love the opportunity to get in touch with others in our community, especially with those who support our livelihood whom we typically might take for granted. The opportunity to shake your farmer’s hand, task local chef’s unique creations, and maybe do a little jig to the live music while you are at it is one that most people can’t seem to pass up. Maybe that’s why they’ve decided to call Hickory their home! As their dedicated website states, “We promise the glory of a good harvest, select meats, NC coastal seafood, rice, honey, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, marinades, preserves & pickles, fresh cut flowers, transplants, potted plants, shrubs, fresh & dried herbs, heritage & artisan crafts, street foods and more—see? “more!” You have to come to get the meaning of “more.” It’s a soulful feeling and sense of belonging. Get greedy for more. Welcome!” We couldn’t agree anymore!

Olde Hickory Tap Room

As a rule of thumb, you know something is both old and classy when they spell the word “old” with an extra “e.” At least, that’s our opinion on the matter. Like a fine wine, the Olde Hickory Tap Room has aged fantastically well. Open seven-days-a-week, 365-days a year, the Olde Hickory Tap Room offers food, beer, wine, spirits, live music, and is just a couple of blocks away from The Olde Hickory Brewery, our local micro-brewery! If you are a fan of great music, libations, fun people, and delectable food, add visiting the Olde Hickory Tap Room to your list of “must-see Hickory activities.” Hey, that ended up rhyming!

Kiwanis Park

Though there are numerous parks and forests to visit that are just a short drive away, we wanted to highlight Kiwanis Park for its versatility of activities that it presents. Featuring two picnic shelters with grills, a tennis court, basketball court, four baseball fields, horseshoe pits, two playgrounds, a walking trail, and the Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground (including a splash pad!). There’s plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, whether you want to read a good book in the sunshine or play tennis and basketball on the same day!

With a 4.7 review rating on Google, it’s safe to say that Kiwanis Park is a local gem. Local Guide Victoria Hillman had this to say about this Hickory attraction just a couple of weeks ago in her five-star review: “Omg my kids truly enjoyed the splash pad and its big bucket and the park with the big slide we had a fun filled day…Oh it’s such a nice park people were very friendly.” We agree with your assessment, Victoria!

Hickory Museum Of Art

We could talk about the virtues of living in Hickory until we were blue in the face, if you haven’t been able to decipher that fact quite yet. However, for the purposes of letting our readers move on with their day and get to finding a Hickory apartment for rent (more on that later), we’ll have to limit our Hickory highlighting to one more venue — the Hickory Museum of Art.

Located in the same building as the Catawba Science Center on the SALT Block, visitors can witness Southern folk art and a variety of American art exhibits when they come to the Hickory Museum of Art. One of our favorite aspects of this museum is that the entire third floor is dedicated to Southern self-taught artists, capturing contemporary folk art which deals with themes that include memories, nature, collecting, believes, and others. Current exhibitions include the One Man Group Show: The Cartoon and Other Art of Matthew Diffee, Embracing A New Form: Paul Whitener’s Later Works, and the Catawba Valley Camera Club: 2017 Year-End Award Winners. There is more, but we must digress. So go and see the exhibitions for yourself! You won’t regret it.

Apartments For Rent In Hickory NC

Perhaps you’ve been searching for apartments near Hickory, NC, and you haven’t been in need of convincing with regards to calling Hickory your new home. Still, you can easily live in a beautiful city, but still be generally discontented because of a poor living situation. We at The Legends Apartments hear about it all the time, with many of us having experienced a bad landlord or a shady neighborhood or two in the past.

No matter what kind of frustrating living arrangement you may have recently had, we have a good feeling that our luxury apartments in Hickory can be just the tonic you need. We are a pet-friendly apartment, with a wide range of amenities and features to offer our residents. We genuinely take care of those who choose to call our Hickory apartment complex home, as we take pride in all that we do. Just a short drive from downtown and quite close to the freeway, there is plenty to like about living in Hickory…especially when you call The Legends home. Learn more about the most prestigious apartment community in the Hickory area. We’d love to have you come visit, so schedule a tour today.