Catawba County, North Carolina, is located in the western part of the State in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was established on December 12, 1842 and, on January 8, 1845, Newton was selected as the County seat. It was one of the first counties of the 100 counties in North Carolina to adopt the county manager form of government (March 1, 1937). The Board of Commissioners has five members elected on an at-large basis to staggered four year terms.
Catawba County is known across the nation as the home of an innovative county government. Our innovation is reflected in the more than 200 awards the county has won in just the past twelve years. These awards are won in competition with thousands of other outstanding programs across the state and nation.