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Welcome to Morganton ...

The city of Morganton is located in Burke County<1> and is the County Seat for Burke County.

The location of Morganton has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Morganton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Morgantonian<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Morganton has a population of 16,547 people<4> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Morganton.

Morganton is 1,150 feet [351 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Morganton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Morganton: (828)

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Morganton had an population of 16,547 people. This is a decrease of 2.19% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 4.41% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Morganton had a population of 16,918 people (or 18.61% of the total population of Burke County). This makes Morganton the county's most populous community.

The population of Morganton represents 0.18% of the population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 53rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 16,918 people, the population of Morganton decreased 2.26% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 17,310 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Morganton.

Communities Also Named Morganton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Morganton - they are located in Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Morganton.

Communities near Morganton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Morganton.

  • Hickory [Catawba County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory
    • Hickory [Catawba County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the east of Morganton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 41,473 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory
  • Lenoir [Caldwell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lenoir
    • Lenoir [Caldwell County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the northeast of Morganton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,911 people
    • Former name for Lenoir:
    • Tucker's Barn
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lenoir
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lenoir<7>
  • Marion [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marion
    • Marion [McDowell County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the west of Morganton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,937 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marion have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marion
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marion<7>
  • Sawmills [Caldwell County]
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    • Sawmills [Caldwell County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Morganton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,156 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sawmills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sawmills
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Long View [Burke County]
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      • Long View [Burke County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the east of Morganton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,951 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Long View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long View
    • Granite Falls [Caldwell County]
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      • Granite Falls [Caldwell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the east of Morganton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,657 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Granite Falls have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granite Falls
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Granite Falls<7>
    • Valdese [Burke County]
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      • Valdese [Burke County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the east of Morganton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,407 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valdese have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valdese
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Valdese<7>
    • Gamewell [Caldwell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gamewell
      • Gamewell [Caldwell County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Morganton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,993 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gamewell
    • Hudson [Caldwell County]
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      • Hudson [Caldwell County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Morganton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,703 people
      • Former name for Hudson:
      • Hudsonville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hudson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hudson<7>
    • Cajah's Mountain [Caldwell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cajah's Mountain
      • Cajah's Mountain [Caldwell County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the northeast of Morganton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,728 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cajah's Mountain have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cajah's Mountain

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Morganton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Morganton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Morganton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Morganton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Morganton. Our list includes 12 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Morganton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Morganton ...

Looking for more information about Morganton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Morganton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Morganton.

Adding Morganton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Morganton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Morganton was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Morganton on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Morganton on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of North Carolina

About Burke County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Morganton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Burke County: www.co.burke.nc.us/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Burke, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Morganton refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Morganton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Morganton.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Morganton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Morganton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Morganton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MorgantonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Morganton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.7406, Longitude: -81.7005       In this case, the coordinates for Morganton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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