Data Services

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments is one of 16 regional affiliates in the North Carolina State Data Center network.  The WPCOG Data Center has access to the following sets regional data:


  • American Community Survey (ACS) data from the US Census Bureau

  • Building permit data for Alexander County, Burke County, City of Morganton, Caldwell County and Catawba County

  • Decennial and economic census data

  • Education data

  • Employment data provided by the NC Labor and Economic Analysis Division (NC LEAD) and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (US BLS)

  • Regional commuting patterns

  • Regional average daily traffic counts

  • Other social-economic information for the Greater Hickory Metro area


WPCOG Data Center staff provides assistance in locating and analyzing demographics for local governments, nonprofits and the private sector. Data Center staff also produces specialized data products including community assessments, economic indicators newsletters, industry growth analysis, and student growth estimation models.

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The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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Telephone: ​828.322.9191

Fax: 828.322.5991

Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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