The county was formed in 1841 from parts of Burke County and Wilkes County.It was named for Joseph Caldwell, presiding professor (1796–1797, 1799–1804) and the first president (1804–1812, 1816–1835) of the University of North Carolina.
The rivers of central North Carolina rise on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge. The two largest of these are the Catawba River and the Yadkin River, and they drain much of the Piedmont region of the state. The major rivers of Eastern North Carolina, from north to south, are: the Chowan, the Roanoke, the Tar, the Neuse and the Cape Fear.
The county was formed in 1861 from parts of Burke County, Caldwell County, McDowell County, Watauga County, and Yancey County. It was named for Elisha Mitchell , professor of mathematics , chemistry , geology , and mineralogy at the University of North Carolina from 1818 until his death in 1857.
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Kondado ang Caldwell County (Prinanses: Comté de Caldwell, Kinatsila: Condado de Caldwell) sa Tinipong Bansa. Nahimutang ni sa estado sa North Carolina, sa sidlakang bahin sa nasod, 500 km sa habagatan-kasadpan sa Washington, D.C. Adunay 83,029 ka molupyo. Naglangkob kin og 1,228 ka kilometro kwadrado.
The Brushy Mountains divide, for much of their courses, the waters of the Yadkin River and the Catawba River, two of central North Carolina's largest rivers. The range is approximately 45 miles (72 km) long, but only 4 to 8 miles wide. The highest point in the chain is Pores Knob (2,680 feet, 817 meters), in Wilkes County.
Catawba County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census , the population was 154,810.  Its county seat is Newton ,  and its largest city is Hickory .
Wilkes County was once known as the "Moonshine Capital of the World", and was a leading producer of illegal homemade liquor.From the 1920s to the 1950s some young Wilkes County males made their living by delivering moonshine to North Carolina's larger towns and cities.
Graham County had Appalachian North Carolina's highest poverty rating, with 19.5% of its residents living below the poverty line. Forsyth had Appalachian North Carolina's highest per capita income at $26,987. Watauga County's unemployment rate of 2.3% was lowest of all 420 counties in the Appalachian region.
Burke County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina.As of the 2010 census, the population was 90,912. Its county seat is Morganton.. Burke County is part of the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.