Morganton, NC Overview

Although the charming community of Morganton is home to less than 20,000 residents, it offers amenities and advantages associated with much larger cities.  Serving as the Burke County seat of government, Morganton is ideally located between two of North Carolina's major metropolitan areas: Asheville and Charlotte.  Historic downtown Morganton features a main street that bustles with activity in small shops, restaurants, and entertainment centers.  As part of the city's widespread revitalization and beautification program, a renovated vintage mill has created a beautiful center for city offices and commercial space.  Concerts on the square, colorful festivals, cultural events at the municipal auditorium, wonderful museums, and restaurants with river and greenway views are just a few of the attractions.  Western Piedmont Community College joins the North Carolina School for the Deaf and Western Carolina Rehabilitation Center to give Morganton the status of an educational center.  Lake James is only minutes from town, providing a pristine environment for fishing, boating, and water sports.  State parks and forests encourage day trips for hiking and mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, and backpacking.  Rolling rivers are ideal for kayaking, fly fishing, and rafting.


Population Growth (since 2000) -2%
Population Density (ppl / mile) 901.00
Household Size (ppl) 2.358
Households w/ Children 25%

Housing Stability

Annual Residential Turnover 16%
5+ Years in Residency 35%
Median Year in Residency 2.88

Housing Inventory

Morganton, NC Housing Inventory 3,788 938 3,015 3,788 938

Market Overview

235 listings with an estimated median price of $249,900

Price Count
$0 - 100K 34
$100K - 200K 64
$200K - 300K 48
$300K - 400K 33
$400K - 500K 19
$500K - 600K 7
$600K - 700K 5
$700K - 800K 2
$800K - 900K 2
$900K - 1M 5
$1M - Max 16
Property Type Count
Single Family 112
Townhouse 1
Commercial 36
Rental 2
Lots and Land 78
Multi Family 3
Farms 5

(Data as of 6/17/2019)

Population Demographics

The population of the community broken down by age group. The numbers at the top of each bar indicate the number of people in the age bracket below.

Morganton, NC Population Demographics

Total: 17,247


Median Age: 39.28

Climate and Weather

The Temperature chart displays average high and low values for January and July, and is designed to provide an indication of both seasonal and daily temperature variability. The Weather Risk Index indicates the calculated risk of each type of weather event occurring in the future. This risk is based on historical localized storm events and weather patterns. The national average for each type of weather event equals a score of 100, so a score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

Temperature (degrees F)

Morganton, NC Temperature

Weather Risk

Morganton, NC Weather Risk


The Community Educational Index chart is based on the U.S. Census Bureau's Socioeconomic Status (SES) elements. Factors used in creating the index below are income, educational achievement, and occupation of persons within the selected ZIP code. Since this index is based on the population of an entire Zip code, it may not reflect the nature of an individual school.

Education Climate Index

Morganton, NC Education Climate Index

Highest Education Level Attained

Morganton, NC Highest Education Level Attained 1,416 2,961 1,448 1,000 1,542 1,282 2,110 1,416 2,961 1,448 1,000

Employment and Finance


Morganton, NC Workforce

Income by dollar range (Median Income: $32,098)

Morganton, NC Income by dollar range 707 703 592 704 489 493 406 188 299 529 474 492 298 188 183 22 33 4

Fair Market Rents

The Fair Market Rents show average gross rent estimates based on figures provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Smoking Ban

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The Crime Index compares the risk or probability of future occurrence of certain types of crime in this community as compared to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 1.0, so a score of 2.0 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 0.50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

Morganton, NC Crime

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