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Overview

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 History

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

  • South Mountains State Park
  • Sam J. Ervin Jr. Library and Museum
  • Catawba Meadows Park
  • Greenway Trails
  • Lake James
  • Joara Archeological Site

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.

Morganton Transportation

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,478
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens22.3%
Employed Population 16+6,011
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married43.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26%
Median Earnings25+$26,577
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,362
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,716

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,880
% Above Poverty Level78.8%
% Below Poverty Level21.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.3%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone35.6%
Median Gross Rent$659
Median House Value$147,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.9%
German13.3%
English9.4%
Irish6.8%
Scottish4.7%
French Except Basque1.8%
Italian1.4%
Dutch1%
Danishn0.6%
Swedish0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Polish0.4%
Norwegian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Czech0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Morganton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Burke County
Standard Zip Codes28655
P.O. Box Zip Codes28680
Phone Area Codes828
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.74
Approximate Longitude-81.69

Morganton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationMORGANTON
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp25 to 49 F
Apr Temp43 to 70 F
Jul Temp65 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 71 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationHICKORY RGNL AP
Distance17 miles
Jan Temp29 to 49 F
Apr Temp46 to 70 F
Jul Temp68 to 88 F
Oct Temp48 to 71 F
Annual Precip48.9 inches
StationGRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN
Distance27 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp36 to 51 F
Jul Temp57 to 69 F
Oct Temp40 to 54 F
Annual Precip62.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Drexel1,828$56,477
Gamewell3,979$41,432
Glen Alpine1,408$45,125
Hudson3,699$59,081
Rutherford College1,143$56,500
Valdese4,408$54,563

Morganton Public Libraries

Burke County Public Library
204 S KING ST
Morganton, North Carolina
(828) 764-9276

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Morganton Hospitals

Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge
(Non-profit)
2201 South Sterling St
(828) 580-5000

Morganton Public Schools

Burke Middle College
1001 Burkemont Ave
ZIP: 28655
(828) 448-3175
High
Total Enrollment 120
Chesterfield Elementary
2142 Pax Hill Road
ZIP: 28655
(828) 437-3026
Primary
Total Enrollment 187
Drexel Elementary
100 Alta Vista Street
ZIP: 28655
(828) 437-3160
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Forest Hill Elementary
304 Ann Street
ZIP: 28655
(828) 437-5906
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Freedom High
511 Independence Boulevard
ZIP: 28655
(828) 433-1310
High
Total Enrollment 1178
Glen Alpine Elementary
302 London Street
ZIP: 28655
(828) 584-0661
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Liberty Middle
529 Enola Road
ZIP: 28655
(828) 437-1330
Middle
Total Enrollment 562
Mountain Crest Elementary
201 Tennessee Street
ZIP: 28655
(828) 437-4258
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Mull Elementary
1140 Old Nc 18 South
ZIP: 28655
(828) 437-5785
Primary
Total Enrollment 300
Nc School For The Deaf
517 W Fleming Dr
ZIP: 28655
(828) 432-5200
Other
Total Enrollment 64
New Dimensions
550 Lenoir Road
ZIP: 28655
(828) 437-5753
Primary
Total Enrollment 261
North Liberty
523 Enola Road
ZIP: 28655
(828) 437-9656
Other
Total Enrollment 97
Oak Hill Elementary
2363 Nc 181
ZIP: 28655
(828) 433-1533
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Robert L. Patton High School
701 Enola Road
ZIP: 28655
(828) 433-3000
High
Total Enrollment 1017
Salem Elementary
1329 Salem Road
ZIP: 28655
(828) 437-5901
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Table Rock Middle
1585 Nc 126
ZIP: 28655
(828) 437-5212
Middle
Total Enrollment 560
W A Young Elementary
325 Conley Road
ZIP: 28655
(828) 584-0632
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
Walter R Johnson Middle
701 Lenoir Road
ZIP: 28655
(828) 430-7340
Middle
Total Enrollment 443

Morganton Private Schools

Morganton Day School
305 W Concord St
ZIP: 28655
Elementary
Total Enrollment 102
Silvercreek Adventist School
2195 Jamestown Rd
ZIP: 28655
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
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