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Morganton, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Morganton is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Burke County at latitude 35.7408 and longitude -81.7003. Burke County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,155 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Morganton, but most people and references simply refer to it as Morganton, North Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Morganton indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Morganton (see map below) encompass a land area of 19.15 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Morganton, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 17,038
Population in Households 16,039
Population in Familes 12,343
Population in Group Qrtrs 999
Population Density1 890
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 6,697
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 4,034
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,774 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,559 (45.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,138 (40.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,077 (13.9%)
Median Home Value $133,908
Average Home Value $167,016


Median Household Income $33,332
Average Household Income $49,803
Per Capita Income $20,103
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.17% 0.03%
Households 0.2% 0.01%
Families -0.16% -0.14%
Median Household Income   3.97%
Per Capita Income   2.75%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Morganton, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Morganton to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 53 93rd
Population Density1 # 267 64th
Diversity Index2 # 100 87th
Median Household Income # 548 26th
Per Capita Income # 393 47th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.