Introduction to Morganton, North Carolina
Morganton, North Carolina, in Burke county, is 43 miles NW of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center) and 59 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Hickory - Morganton - Lenoir metropolitan area. Morganton contains a population of approximately 17,310.
Morganton was founded in 1777 and officially incorporated as a town in 1784. It was named in honor of General Daniel Morgan, a Revolutionary War hero. Originally, it was called Morganborough but was later renamed Morganton. It was established as the site of North Carolina frontier’s circuit court. Morganton established a post office in 1795. Within a few years, the East/West road, now known as Highway 70, was built. This road stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to Tennessee.
Morganton and nearby Attractions
Things To Do In Morganton
Morganton has been amply blessed with natural beauty. The Catawba River, which flows through the city, offers breathtaking views of the majestic Table Rock. Morganton has something special for just about everyone. It has rolling hills, abundant forests, and 154 miles of shoreline along Lake James. All of these provide opportunities for a diverse range of recreational activities.
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Morganton Higher Education
Western Piedmont Community College is the local center for higher education. Catawba Valley Community College and Appalachian State University are a short distance away.
Morganton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Carolina):
Well-Paid Single Men
Short Commute Times
Comparing Morganton to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Carolina (State):
Ratings range from (lowest) to (highest).
|Age of the Population|
|Male Share of the Population|
|Well-Paid Single Men|
|Well-Paid Single Women|
|Children Under 5 Years Old|
|Female Share of the Population|
|Average Household Size|
|Portion of People Married|
|College Educated Adults|
|Median Family Income|
|People in Middle Class or Better|
|People Above Poverty|
|Short Commute Times|
|Walking and Biking to Work|
|Public Transportation Use|
|Working at Home|
|People Living Alone|
|Affordability of Property Taxes|
|Affordability of Rents|
|Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals|
|Housing Recently Built|
|Seasonal and Vacation Housing|
|Low Violent Crime|
|Low Property Crime|
|Nearest Medium City||43 miles NW of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)|
|Nearest Large City||59 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Metro Area||Hickory - Morganton - Lenoir|
|Standard Zip Codes||28655|
|P.O. Box Zip Codes||28680|
|Phone Area Codes||828|
|Time Zone||Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)|
|Daylight Savings||The city observes Daylight Saving Time.|
Nearest Weather StationsNotes:
|Jan Temp||25 to 49 F|
|Apr Temp||43 to 70 F|
|Jul Temp||65 to 89 F|
|Oct Temp||44 to 71 F|
|Annual Precip||49.6 inches|
|Station||HICKORY RGNL AP|
|Jan Temp||29 to 49 F|
|Apr Temp||46 to 70 F|
|Jul Temp||68 to 88 F|
|Oct Temp||48 to 71 F|
|Annual Precip||48.9 inches|
|Jan Temp||18 to 34 F|
|Apr Temp||36 to 51 F|
|Jul Temp||57 to 69 F|
|Oct Temp||40 to 54 F|
|Annual Precip||62.7 inches|
|Average Family Size||2.92|
|American Indian & Alaskan||96||0.6%|
|Hispanic (included in categories above)||1,931||11.2%|
|Est. 2005 Population||17,041|
(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)
|Other (often includes Hispanic and African American)||32%|
|French (except Basque)||1.6%|
According to the US Postal Service, Morganton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:Bridgewater (28655)
Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.
GRACE HOSPITAL INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2201 S STERLING ST
Emergency Service: Yes
|(As of 2006)|
1227 Burkemont Avenue
511 INDEPENDENCE BOULEVARD
Serves 2,279 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2
WTN NC SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
517 WEST FLEMING DR
A Special Education School
Serves 127 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.5
510 COLLEGE STREET
A Non-traditional School
Serves 98 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.1
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