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Morganton is a city in Burke County, in the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Revolutionary War Gen. Daniel Morgan.

The latitude of Morganton is 35.745N. The longitude is -81.685W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,161 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 17,261.


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Median household income
Local
$34,678
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Morganton demographic reports
Morganton is on the Catawba River.
Morganton received national attention for 1833 hanging of Frankie Silver, convicted in the ax murder of her husband Charles. Her case, the subject of several books, plays and a song ("The Ballad of Frankie and Johnny"), continues to intrigue the public.
Local festivals include:
  • Burke County Fair - Oct. 2-6, 2007
  • Historic Morganton Festival - Sept. 7-8, 2007
  • Overmountain Music Jamboree - Oct. 5-6, 2007
Dates often change. Check Morganton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: South Mountains State Park
Historic sites and museums: Sam J. Ervin Jr. Library and Museum
Colleges and universities: Western Piedmont Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Morganton demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Burke County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 28655 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

12% of Morganton residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Morganton ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Morganton was $20,906, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

21% of Morganton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Morganton include Avery Avenue Historic District, Broughton Hospital Historic District, Jonesboro Historic District, Morganton Downtown Historic District, North Green Street - Bouchelle Street Historic District, South King Street Historic District, West Union Street Historic District, White Street - Valdese Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Morganton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $378.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $864.


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Libraries in Morganton include Burke County Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Morganton include Morganton News Herald

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Burke County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Morganton political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Morganton workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 6 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Morganton between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Morganton include Comfort Inn & Suites, Days Inn Morganton, Holiday Inn, Red Carpet Inn Morganton, Sleep Inn.

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