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For the Good Life

Caldwell County is home to a relaxed lifestyle that’s wonderfully suited for everyone from entrepreneurs to outdoor adventurers, and anyone desiring a richer quality of life. Residents enjoy a low cost of living, mild climate, and the peace and quiet of spectacular wide-open spaces, but are close enough to metropolitan amenities to never feel isolated. It’s a community that cherishes traditional southern values, but is progressive when it comes to business and technological innovation, education and the arts, and the preservation of its outdoor resources.

Cultural Amenities

Caldwell County is home to a remarkable range of cultural, artistic and historical resources including museums, galleries, live music, dance and theatrical performances, community festivals and street fairs.

A stroll through downtown Lenoir is an art lover’s dream — the Smithsonian has recognized Caldwell County as having the largest collection of permanent public outdoor sculpture per capita in the U.S., and the annual Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Celebration is the largest gathering of professional sculptors in the South.

Caldwell County hosts a number of annual events that bring residents together to share the spirit of community. From bluegrass jams to the Butterfly Festival to the Blackberry Festival, there’s something happening every weekend from April to October.

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Outdoor Sports and Recreation

With geography as varied and spectacular as ours, you’d expect a wealth of outdoor recreation, and you’d be right — from the foothills to the high country, the choices are practically endless. It’s no wonder National Geographic Adventure named Lenoir one of America’s “Next Great Adventure Towns.” For spectator sports enthusiasts, there’s minor league baseball in nearby Hickory, and pro football, pro basketball and NASCAR racing in Charlotte. Click on the link to your favorite outdoor sport(s) below to find out more.

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Residents and tourists alike enjoy old-fashioned shopping in Caldwell County’s picturesque downtowns — unique, locally owned boutiques and eateries, often accompanied by festivals and events. For more conventional shopping, there are malls and big box stores in the region as well.

Thousands visit Caldwell County each year with one destination in mind: a stretch of U.S. Highway 321 between Lenoir and Hickory known as “20 Miles of Furniture” where shoppers find deep discounts on many of America’s leading furniture brands. Back to Top


A modern, full service community medical center, Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir is the primary healthcare resource in Caldwell County. Anchored by a 110-bed acute care facility, the hospital’s services include heart and cardiovascular care, oncology, computer-assisted orthopedic surgery and neonatal care, to name just a few. The hospital also offers a wide array of diagnostic and outpatient services, wellness and educational programs, and maintains a fully staffed 24-hour emergency department.

Caldwell Physicians is a division of Caldwell UNC Health Care, and provides conveniently located primary and specialty physician practices countywide. Back to Top

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