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Hudson, North Carolina
Location of Hudson, North Carolina
Location of Hudson, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°50′44″N 81°29′25″W / 35.84556°N 81.49028°W / 35.84556; -81.49028Coordinates: 35°50′44″N 81°29′25″W / 35.84556°N 81.49028°W / 35.84556; -81.49028
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total3.73 sq mi (9.67 km2)
 • Land3.73 sq mi (9.67 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,263 ft (385 m)
 • Total3,776
 • Estimate 
 • Density993.84/sq mi (383.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)828
FIPS code37-32980[3]
GNIS feature ID0987211[4]

Hudson is a town in Caldwell County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,776 at the 2010 census.[5] It is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Hudson is located in the foothills region of western North Carolina. Located in an area once known for its furniture industry, different industries in Hudson today include Shurtape Technologies, BeoCare, Kincaid Furniture, and Sattler Outdura. According to the 2010 census, Hudson has a population of approximately 3,800 people. During the day this jumps to over 11,000 due to those who work in town and those who attend school at Caldwell Community College and other surrounding schools.

Hudson's landmarks, most of which are located near the main street area, include the Hudson Uptown Building (known as the "HUB", site of the former Hudson Elementary school, now an event space), local businesses along main street, and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute from US 321.

The town has two parks. Redwood Park features a playground, swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, several ballfields, and a dog park. The Hickman Windmill Park & Depot Museum features the Historic Hudson Depot and Red Caboose, as well as a 19th century windmill. Music is often performed in the park, most notably Pickin' in the Park during summer months. On clear days, Hudson offers views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including Grandfather Mountain. These views can be seen over Hudson Middle School directly off the US Highway 321 Hudson exit. Hudson also hosts Caldwell County's oldest continuous event, The Butterfly Festival, which is held the first Saturday every May with attendance of between 8,000–10,000 people.


Hudson originated as a sawmill camp, with timber being the initial attraction to the area. Among early settlers to Hudson, were the Hudson brothers, Monroe and Johnny. The name Hudson was selected honoring these two brothers as the name of the then village. "Hudsonville" would come into being in 1880, with the "ville" being dropped in 1889 due to mail confusion with Hendersonville. In 1905, Hudson was incorporated as a town.[6]

In 1904, businessman B.B. Hayes of the textile business came to Hudson and established the first big industry, the Hudson Cotten Mill (known as Shuford Mills). The Hudson Cotton Manufacturing Company was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.[7]


Hudson is located in southern Caldwell County at 35°50′44″N 81°29′25″W / 35.84556°N 81.49028°W / 35.84556; -81.49028 (35.845476, -81.490337).[8] It is bordered to the north by the city of Lenoir, the county seat, and to the south by the town of Sawmills. U.S. Route 321, a four-lane highway, runs along the eastern edge of the town, leading northwest into Lenoir and southeast 11 miles (18 km) to Hickory. US 321 Alternate passes through the center of the town as Main Street.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Hudson has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.7 km2), all land.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2020 census

Hudson racial composition[10]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,305 87.43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 63 1.67%
Native American 4 0.11%
Asian 16 0.42%
Other/Mixed 126 3.33%
Hispanic or Latino 266 7.04%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,780 people, 1,527 households, and 1,048 families residing in the town.

2000 census

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,078 people, 1,324 households, and 933 families residing in the town. The population density was 839.3 people per square mile (323.8/km2). There were 1,400 housing units at an average density of 381.8 per square mile (147.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.40% White, 0.13% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 1.10% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

There were 1,324 households, out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 20.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,562, and the median income for a family was $42,000. Males had a median income of $29,949 versus $22,727 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,519. About 3.7% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.


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  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hudson town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  6. ^ History. Town of Hudson. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  7. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Featured Property: Hudson Cotton Manufacturing Company. National Park Service.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ Census - Table Results. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-21.
  11. ^ (Oct 10, 2019). Author Jan Karon Comes Home To Hudson, October 19 & 20. FOCUS Newspaper. Retrieved Jul 27, 2020.