About Morganton

Morganton is the county seat and cultural, governmental, commercial center ofr Burke County, the largest county in Western North Carolina. The City sits on the Catawba River, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Morganton is surrounded with scenic rural landscapes, bountiful natural resources, and abundant recreational opportunities, which is why the city is known as Nature's Playground.

The City of Morganton is the county seat of Burke County and sits on the Catawba River in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. Morganton and Burke County are blessed with scenic rural landscapes, abundant outdoor adventure opportunities, and people who love this community. The Blue Ridge Parkway, perhaps the most famous highway in America, winds its way through the northwestern part of the county, and Charlotte and Asheville are just over an hour’s drive away.

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The City of Morganton municiapl seal depicts Table Rock Mountain backed by white clouds and a blue sky. The City flag places the seal on fesses of blue, white and green.

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Name: Morganton

Established: The city of Morganton was established in 1784 and incorporated in 1885.

Name Origin: Morganton was named for Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, hero of the American Revolutionary War. The city was first named Morgansborough, but that was later changed to Morgantown and then to Morganton.

Area: 19.15 square miles

Population: 16,690 (US Census)

Median Household Income: $35,144 (Source: 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)

Median Housing Value: $127,900 (Source: 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)

Total Housing Units: 7,544 (Source: 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)

Major Employers (More)

  • Burke County Schools
  • Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge
  • Broughton Hospital
  • J. Iverson Riddle Development Center
  • Case Farms
  • Leviton
  • Western Piedmont Community College
  • Burke County Goverment
  • Continental Teves
  • Viscotec Manufacturing 

US Census Quick Facts about Morganton, NC

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