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) 902.00
Household Size (ppl) 2.359
Households w/ Children 22%

Housing Stability

Annual Residential Turnover 0%
5+ Years in Residency 35%
Median Year in Residency 2.88

Housing Inventory

Morganton, NC Housing Inventory 3,798 1,031 3,020 3,798 1,031

Market Overview

197 listings with an estimated median price of $285,900

Price Count
$0 - 100K 22
$100K - 200K 44
$200K - 300K 41
$300K - 400K 34
$400K - 500K 13
$500K - 600K 6
$600K - 700K 3
$700K - 800K 3
$800K - 900K 4
$900K - 1M 1
$1M - Max 26
Property Type Count
Single Family 115
Condo 2
Commercial 17
Rental 24
Lots and Land 63

(Data as of 6/7/2023)

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: 17,279


Median Age: 39.41

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 1,379 2,934 2,278 1,253 1,055 1,591 1,372 1,379 2,934 1,253 1,055

Employment and Finance


Morganton, NC Workforce

Income by dollar range (Median Income: $38,119)

Morganton, NC Income by dollar range 646 765 564 452 486 261 378 354 342 571 525 667 283 200 230 54 24 18

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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