Morganton, North Carolina

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Population in 2013: 16,807 (98% urban, 2% rural). Population change since 2000: -2.9%
 
Males: 8,144  (48.5%)
Females: 8,663  (51.5%)
Median resident age:  39.7 years
North Carolina median age:  45.5 years

Zip codes: 28655.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $30,402 (it was $34,678 in 2000)
Morganton:

$30,402
NC:

$45,150
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $20,155 (it was $20,906 in 2000)

Morganton city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $126,894 (it was $89,000 in 2000)
Morganton:

$126,894
NC:

$150,100
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $162,148; Detached houses: $161,849; Townhouses or other attached units: $156,905; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $125,489; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $133,179; Mobile homes: $191,622

Median gross rent in 2012: $631.

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Morganton races chart
  • White alone - 11,240 (66.4%)
  • Hispanic - 2,777 (16.4%)
  • Black alone - 2,020 (11.9%)
  • Asian alone - 391 (2.3%)
  • Two or more races - 293 (1.7%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 136 (0.8%)
  • American Indian alone - 34 (0.2%)
  • Other race alone - 27 (0.2%)

Races in Morganton detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Morganton: 87.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: United States (14.0%), German (12.8%), Irish (8.8%), English (8.4%), Scotch-Irish (3.9%), Scottish (3.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1784

Elevation: 1182 feet

Land area: 18.2 square miles.

Population density: 925 people per square mile   (low).

Morganton,NC real estate house value index trend

Morganton, North Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Morganton:

  • High school or higher: 78.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.4%
  • Unemployed: 3.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Morganton city:

  • Never married: 33.6%
  • Now married: 41.9%
  • Separated: 3.6%
  • Widowed: 9.2%
  • Divorced: 11.7%

2,020 residents are foreign born (1.2% Asia).

This city:  12.0%
North Carolina:  7.7%



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists there were 104 registered sex offenders living in Morganton, North Carolina as of May 30, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Morganton to the number of sex offenders is 162 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,283 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $961 (0.8%)

Morganton satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Gastonia, NC (44.4 miles , pop. 66,277).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (61.1 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (462.8 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Salem, NC (1.6 miles ), Drexel, NC (2.2 miles ), Glen Alpine, NC (2.3 miles ), Valdese, NC (2.7 miles ), Rutherford College, NC (3.0 miles ), Gamewell, NC (3.2 miles ), Connelly Springs, NC (3.3 miles ), Cajah's Mountain, NC (3.4 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 16 buildings, average cost: $128,200
  • 1998: 17 buildings, average cost: $128,200
  • 1999: 19 buildings, average cost: $128,200
  • 2000: 61 buildings, average cost: $111,300
  • 2001: 61 buildings, average cost: $111,300
  • 2002: 70 buildings, average cost: $111,300
  • 2003: 51 buildings, average cost: $115,600
  • 2004: 48 buildings, average cost: $97,700
  • 2005: 54 buildings, average cost: $97,700
  • 2006: 52 buildings, average cost: $149,700
  • 2007: 34 buildings, average cost: $142,300
  • 2008: 8 buildings, average cost: $153,500
  • 2009: 12 buildings, average cost: $117,600
  • 2010: 13 buildings, average cost: $117,600
  • 2011: 12 buildings, average cost: $141,900
  • 2012: 7 buildings, average cost: $100,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 35.74 N, Longitude: 81.69 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +10,737 (+63.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,846 (60.3%)

Area code: 828

Morganton household income distribution Morganton home values distribution

Crime rates in Morganton by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2004 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 02001200001
per 100,000 0.011.40.00.05.711.60.00.00.00.05.9
Rapes 34625833453
per 100,000 18.222.733.511.428.646.617.617.523.529.217.6
Robberies 151918251317141311717
per 100,000 90.8107.9100.6142.674.498.982.075.764.740.999.5
Assaults 553393845504331252931
per 100,000 333.1187.450.3216.7257.7291.0251.9180.6147.1169.3181.4
Burglaries 167168175186161179209135121135156
per 100,000 1011.3954.3978.11060.7922.01041.71224.4786.3711.7788.0913.1
Thefts 700687622544526497428378355465389
per 100,000 4239.13902.33476.43102.23012.32892.42507.52201.62088.12714.12276.9
Auto thefts 2144343037373120182817
per 100,000 127.2249.9190.0171.1211.9215.3181.6116.5105.9163.499.5
Arson 32210102401
per 100,000 18.211.411.25.70.05.80.011.623.50.05.9
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 298.2) 327.1322.3264.1280.0282.7322.8263.9205.2190.9224.4232.2

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Morganton detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 89 (58 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.39
North Carolina average:

2.37
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.8%
North Carolina:

6.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +1,402 (+8.8%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (26%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Health care and social assistance (11%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4%)
  • Woodworkers (4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (3%)

Work and jobs in Morganton: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Morganton, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Morganton-area historical tornado activity is slightly below North Carolina state average. It is 29% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 15.9 miles away from the Morganton city center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/7/1998, a category F4 tornado 19.6 miles away from the city center injured 2 people and caused $1 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Morganton-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 137.0 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 210.9 miles away from Morganton center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 127.4 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 99.1 miles away from the city center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 101.6 miles away from Morganton center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 238.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Burke County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Hurricanes: 3, Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Morganton topographic map

Birthplace of: Sam Ervin - Democratic Senator, Billy Joe Patton - Amateur golfer, Leon Johnson - 2005 NFL player (San Diego Chargers, born: Jul 13, 1974), Ava Ohlgren - Swimmer, Chris Moore - College basketball player (Char. Southern Buccaneers), Donald Brown (Canadian football) - Player of and football, Greg Holland (baseball) - Baseball player, Leon Johnson (American football) - Football player, Susan C. Fisher - Politician.

Hospitals in Morganton:

  • BROUGHTON HOSP (1000 S STERLING ST)
  • BROUGHTON HOSPITAL-MEDICAL UNIT (1000 S STERLING ST)
  • CMC-BLUE RIDGE (Proprietary, provides emergency services, 2201 S STERLING ST)
  • HARTLAND GROUP HOME (2307 HARTLAND ROAD)
  • J. IVERSON RIDDLE DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER (300 ENOLA ROAD)
  • LOWER CREEK GROUP HOME (3256 PLAYMORE BEACH RD)
  • PLAYMORE GROUP HOME (3252 PLAYMORE BEACH ROAD)
  • SCI-BURKE ICF/MR GROUP HOME (101 STEPHENS DRIVE)
  • WESTERN CAROLINA CENTER HOSPITAL (300 ENOLA RD)

Dialysis Facilities in Morganton:

  • BMA OF BURKE COUNTY INC (145 WEST PARKER ROAD)

Nursing Homes in Morganton:

  • BROUGHTON HOSPITAL NF (1000 SOUTH STERLING ST)
  • FOOTHILLS NURSING CENTER (109 FOOTHILLS DR)
  • GRACE HEIGHTS HEALTH AND REHAB CTR (109 FOOTHILLS DRIVE)
  • GRACE RIDGE (500 LENOIR RD)
  • MAGNOLIA LANE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (107 MAGNOLIA DR)

Airports and heliports located in Morganton:

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College/University in Morganton:

  • Western Piedmont Community College (Full-time enrollment: 2,205; Location: 1001 Burkemont Ave; Public; Website: www.wpcc.edu)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Morganton:

  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 15 miles; Hudson, NC; Full-time enrollment: 3,636)
  • Catawba Valley Community College (about 23 miles; Hickory, NC; FT enrollment: 3,785)
  • Isothermal Community College (about 31 miles; Spindale, NC; FT enrollment: 2,165)
  • Appalachian State University (about 33 miles; Boone, NC; FT enrollment: 17,362)
  • Cleveland Community College (about 35 miles; Shelby, NC; FT enrollment: 2,541)
  • Gardner-Webb University (about 35 miles; Boiling Springs, NC; FT enrollment: 4,241)
  • Wilkes Community College (about 40 miles; Wilkesboro, NC; FT enrollment: 2,292)

Public high schools in Morganton:

Private high school in Morganton:

  • MORGANTON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 130; Location: 201 BELIEVERS WAY; Grades: PK - 12)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Morganton:

Private elementary/middle schools in Morganton:

  • MORGANTON DAY SCHOOL (Students: 78; Location: 305 W CONCORD ST; Grades: KG - 8)
  • SILVERCREEK ADVENTIST SCHOOL (Students: 20; Location: 2195JAMESTOWN RD; Grades: 1 - 8)
See full list of schools located in Morganton

Library in Morganton:

  • BURKE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,171,362; Location: 204 SOUTH KING STREET; 112,314 books; 4,697 audio materials; 2,875 video materials; 56 state licensed databases; 141 print serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Broadcast TV stations WSOC-TV Channel 9 and WAXN-TV Channel 64 in Charlotte, Both owned by COX Broadcasting located at 1901 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

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Notable locations in Morganton: Quaker Meadows Golf Club (A), Morganton Plaza (B), Magnolia Plaza (C), Burkeley Square (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Wes-Mor Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Morganton include: Catawba Valley Church (A), Saint Marys Mission Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Fiddlers Run (A), Canoe Creek (B), Silver Creek (C), Hunting Creek (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Morganton include: Carbon City Park (1), Mountain View Recreation Center (2), Freedom Park (3), Collett Street Recreation Center (4), M L King Park (5), Cascade Park (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: History Museum of Burke County Inc (201 West Meeting Street) (1), Historic Burke Foundation Inc (Museums; 102 East Union Street) (2), North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (Recreation Areas; 5154 Western Avenue) (3), Drexel Community Fair (Amusement & Theme Parks; 700 South Main Street) (4), Burke County Travel & Tourism Commission (102 East Union Street) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Hampton Inn Morganton (115 Bush Drive) (1), Comfort Inn Suites (1273 Burkemont Avenue) (2), Comfort Inn & Suites (1273 Burkmount Avenue) (3), Holiday Inn (2400 South Sterling Street) (4), Days Inn (Highway I 40 Highway) (5), Eagle Motel (West US70 Highway) (6), Economy Inn (1301 Bethel Road) (7). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Burke County - Clerk Of Court- Cashiers (201 South Green Street) (1), Burke County - Clerk Of Court- Juvenile Hospitalization (201 South Green Street) (2), Burke County - Clerk Of Court- Administrative (201 South Green Street) (3), Burke County - Clerk Of Court- Child Support (201 South Green Street) (4), Burke County - District Court Judges (201 South Green Street) (5), Burke County - Clerk Of Court- Criminal (201 South Green Street) (6), Burke County - Clerk Of Court- Estates (201 South Green Street) (7), Burke County - Clerk Of Court- Bookkeeping (201 South Green Street) (8), Burke County - Clerk Of Court- Juvenile (201 South Green Street) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Burke County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 63.5. This is about average.

City:

63.5
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 28.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

28.5
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 16.1. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 17.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

16.1
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 8.39. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.39
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Morganton and their reported violations in the past:

STEEL CREEK PARK (Population served: 500, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
BURKE CO-AIRPORT RHODISS (Population served: 385, Purch surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2008 and SEP-2008, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JUL-17-2008), St Public Notif requested (FEB-19-2009), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-19-2009), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2008 and JUN-2008, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JUL-17-2008)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2008 and MAR-2008, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JUL-17-2008), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-17-2008), St Public Notif requested (JUL-17-2008), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2009)
BURKE CO-MUSIC MOUNTAIN (Population served: 240, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-2005, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-01-2005), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-18-2005), St Public Notif received (APR-25-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2006)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-2004, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-19-2004), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-19-2004), St Compliance achieved (JUN-30-2006)
RIVER VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 75, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
WALKERS CHAPEL BAPTIST CH (Population served: 75, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
SMYRNA BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 6 routine major monitoring violations
  • 3 regular monitoring violations
MOUNTAIN GROVE UMC (Population served: 47, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
SILVER CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH (Address: ATTN: KATHY & MIKE ROGERS , Population served: 30, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Morganton that have no violations reported:

  • BURKE CO-ENOLA HENRY RIVER (Population served: 2,772, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • BURKE COUNTY OMARA (Population served: 350, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • BURKE CO-MINERAL SPRINGS (Population served: 310, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • LINVILLE SHORES CAMPGROUND (Population served: 163, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • HORSESHOE BEND CAMPGROUND (Population served: 64, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 25.2%
(14.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 42.7% for Black residents, 54.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 54.3% for other race residents, 62.4% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
North Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  61.2%
Whole state:  66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  5.7%
Whole state:  5.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Morganton in 2010:

  • 323 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 294 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 200 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 176 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 131 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 88 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 21 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 15 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 3 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)

People in group quarters in Morganton in 2000:

  • 478 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 359 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 302 people in nursing homes
  • 235 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 61 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 49 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 8 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 8 people in other group homes
  • 7 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 6 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 3 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Morganton, North Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Morganton compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.

Banks with most branches in Morganton (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Morganton Plaza Branch, Time Payment Branch, Morganton Main Branch. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • SunTrust Bank: South Sterling Branch 199 at 612 South Sterling Street, branch established on 1968/12/05; Morganton Main Branch 198 at 300 North Green Street, branch established on 1962/11/09. Info updated 2010/05/27: Bank assets: $171,291.7 mil, Deposits: $129,833.2 mil, headquarters in Atlanta, GA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1716 total offices, Holding Company: Suntrust Banks, Inc.
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: West Morganton Branch at 204 Carbon City Road, branch established on 1995/06/19; Morganton Branch at 217 North Sterling Street, branch established on 1991/07/09. Info updated 2011/10/11: Bank assets: $20,566.4 mil, Deposits: $17,596.8 mil, headquarters in Raleigh, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 433 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.
  • Morganton Federal Savings and Loan Association: Morganton Federal Savings And Loan A at 100 South King Street, branch established on 1903/01/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $84.6 mil, Deposits: $56.7 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1 total offices
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Morganton Main Branch at 105 Avery Avenue, branch established on 1933/01/01. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • TD Bank, National Association: Morganton Branch at 401 South Sterling Street, branch established on 2002/06/10. Info updated 2010/10/04: Bank assets: $188,912.6 mil, Deposits: $153,149.8 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, 1314 total offices, Holding Company: Toronto-Dominion Bank, The
  • Bank of Granite: Morganton Office at 201 East Meeting Street, branch established on 1989/07/10. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $753.5 mil, Deposits: $688.5 mil, headquarters in Granite Falls, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 18 total offices, Holding Company: Fnb United Corp.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Morganton Main Branch at 100 North Green Street, branch established on 1967/06/29. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Carter Bank & Trust: West Morganton Branch at 301 Carbon City Road, branch established on 2001/02/05. Info updated 2007/02/23: Bank assets: $3,970.4 mil, Deposits: $3,610.0 mil, headquarters in Martinsville, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 123 total offices

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Morganton, North Carolina:

  • Sleep Inn Morganton, 2400a S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655 , Phone: (828) 433-9000, Fax: (828) 438-3674
  • Days Inn Morganton, 2402 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655 , Phone: (828) 433-0011, Fax: (828) 437-0985
  • Hampton Inn Morganton, 115 Bush Dr, Morganton, NC 28655 , Phone: (828) 432-2000, Fax: (828) 433-9920
  • Holiday Inn Morganton, 2400 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655 , Phone: (828) 437-0171, Fax: (828) 437-1639
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, 1273 Burkemont Ave, Morganton, NC 28655 , Phone: (828) 669-2922
All 5 fire-safe hotels and motels in Morganton, North Carolina

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School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Morganton travel time to work - commute Morganton mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (50%)
  • Utility gas (36%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9%)
  • Wood (3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)

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Religion statistics for Morganton city (based on Burke County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 60.38%
Here: 60.4%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents70.0%12.6%3.6%2.0%1.8%
Congregations53.8%17.5%3.8%2.5%1.9%
NameCatholic ChurchAssemblies of GodChurch of God (Anderson, Indiana)Episcopal ChurchOther
Adherents1.7%1.4%1.3%1.1%4.4%
Congregations0.6%3.8%2.5%2.5%11.3%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 20
Burke County:

2.25 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 10
Burke County:

1.13 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 49
Burke County:

5.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 46
Here:

5.18 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.2%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Burke County:

27.5%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

16.7%
State:

15.6%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 15$51,843$41,4740$0
Other Government Administration 9$44,975$59,9675$2,325
Judicial and Legal 1$3,339$40,0680$0
Police Protection - Officers 55$196,783$42,9343$2,721
Police - Other 14$40,642$34,8361$0
Firefighters 17$50,318$35,51911$3,408
Streets and Highways 16$39,573$29,6800$0
Solid Waste Management 17$48,622$34,3210$0
Sewerage 19$55,509$35,0580$0
Parks and Recreation 29$84,280$34,874215$42,266
Housing and Community Development(Local) 13$50,326$46,4552$2,584
Water Supply 22$61,853$33,7380$0
Electric Power 22$73,064$39,8530$0
Transit 4$11,854$35,5620$0
Other and Unallocable 17$58,047$40,97411$7,625
Totals for Government 270$871,028$38,712248$60,929

Morganton government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Parks and Recreation: $837,000 ($49.80)
    Central Staff Services: $134,000 ($7.97)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $24,744,000 ($1472.24)
    Police Protection: $6,215,000 ($369.79)
    Sewerage: $4,137,000 ($246.15)
    Gas Utilities: $3,799,000 ($226.04)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,928,000 ($174.21)
    Liquor Stores: $1,813,000 ($107.87)
    Water Utilities: $1,773,000 ($105.49)
    Central Staff Services: $1,127,000 ($67.06)
    Regular Highways: $1,119,000 ($66.58)
    General - Other: $1,113,000 ($66.22)
    Solid Waste Management: $936,000 ($55.69)
    Financial Administration: $522,000 ($31.06)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $446,000 ($26.54)
    Housing and Community Development: $385,000 ($22.91)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $168,000 ($10.00)
    General Public Buildings: $137,000 ($8.15)
    Health - Other: $32,000 ($1.90)
  • Gas Utilities - Interest on Debt: $138,000 ($8.21)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $48,000 ($2.86)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $176,000 ($10.47)
    Health - Other: $11,000 ($0.65)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Electric Utilities: $759,000 ($45.16)
    Police Protection: $562,000 ($33.44)
    Sewerage: $552,000 ($32.84)
    Water Utilities: $236,000 ($14.04)
    Housing and Community Development: $80,000 ($4.76)
    Regular Highways: $71,000 ($4.22)
    Gas Utilities: $62,000 ($3.69)
    Parks and Recreation: $41,000 ($2.44)
    Solid Waste Management: $26,000 ($1.55)
    Central Staff Services: $19,000 ($1.13)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $10,000 ($0.59)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $14,556,000 ($866.07)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $411,000 ($24.45)

Morganton government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $5,919,000 ($352.17)
    Parks and Recreation: $639,000 ($38.02)
    Solid Waste Management: $352,000 ($20.94)
    All Other: $330,000 ($19.63)
    Parking Facilities: $14,000 ($0.83)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $9,000 ($0.54)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $25,000 ($1.49)
    All Other: $6,000 ($0.36)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $2,895,000 ($172.25)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,670,000 ($99.36)
    General Revenue, NEC: $340,000 ($20.23)
    Donations From Private Sources: $50,000 ($2.97)
    Rents: $2,000 ($0.12)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $23,129,000 ($1376.15)
    Gas Utilities: $3,172,000 ($188.73)
    Water Utilities: $2,537,000 ($150.95)
    Liquor Stores: $2,223,000 ($132.27)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,735,000 ($103.23)
    Highways: $543,000 ($32.31)
    Transit Utilities: $475,000 ($28.26)
    Housing and Community Development: $173,000 ($10.29)
    All Other: $16,000 ($0.95)
  • Tax - Property: $6,806,000 ($404.95)
    Other Selective Sales: $303,000 ($18.03)
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $220,000 ($13.09)
    Other License: $102,000 ($6.07)
    NEC: $1,000 ($0.06)

Morganton government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $18,353,000 ($1091.99)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,743,000 ($936.69)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,610,000 ($155.29)

Morganton government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $35,074,000 ($2086.87)

5.10% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,784 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.10%
North Carolina average:

7.13%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Catawba County, NC  1.57% ($25,877 average AGI)
from Caldwell County, NC  0.75% ($24,091)
from McDowell County, NC  0.25% ($29,872)


4.88% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,177 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.88%
North Carolina average:

6.77%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($244 average AGI)
Burke County:

0.05%
North Carolina average:

0.10%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Catawba County, NC  1.05% ($28,013 average AGI)
to Caldwell County, NC  0.60% ($25,457)
to McDowell County, NC  0.28% ($27,517)

Strongest AM radio stations in Morganton:

  • WMNC (1430 AM; 3 kW; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: COOPER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WCIS (760 AM; daytime; 4 kW; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: W.F.M. INCORPORATED)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WKGX (1080 AM; daytime; 5 kW; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WWOL (780 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: HOLLY SPRINGS BAPTIST BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WSVM (1490 AM; 1 kW; VALDESE, NC; Owner: GHB OF WAXHAW, INC.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WXIT (1200 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLOWING ROCK, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WBRM (1250 AM; 5 kW; MARION, NC; Owner: WBRM, INC.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Morganton:

  • WMNC-FM (92.1 FM; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: COOPER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • W232AV (94.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: DAVID TORRES)
  • W218BW (91.5 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WAGI-FM (105.3 FM; GAFFNEY, SC; Owner: GAFFNEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WFHE (90.3 FM; HICKORY, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY RADIO FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • WKVS (103.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WTPT (93.3 FM; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: UPSTATE BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WPEG (97.9 FM; CONCORD, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WLYT (102.9 FM; HICKORY, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNKS (95.1 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WQNQ (104.3 FM; OLD FORT, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Morganton:

  • WBTV (Channel 3; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS/WBTV, INC.)
  • WCNC-TV (Channel 36; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: WCNC-TV, INC.)
  • WJZY (Channel 46; BELMONT, NC; Owner: WJZY-TV, INC.)
  • WWWB (Channel 55; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: WWWB-TV, INC.)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WHKY-TV (Channel 14; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WUNE-TV (Channel 17; LINVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Morganton fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 14
Total length: 61 meters (200ft)
Total average daily traffic: 168,270
Total average daily truck traffic: 20,425

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1930-1939: 2
  • 1940-1949: 0
  • 1950-1959: 5
  • 1960-1969: 1
  • 1970-1979: 1
  • 1980-1989: 2
  • 1990-1999: 3
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Morganton, NC
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Morganton)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 123 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Morganton, NC)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 41 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 243 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Morganton)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 2 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Morganton)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 54 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 3 full and 3 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED25$127,71666$124,138190$147,18112$51,7991$196,58027$115,8093$57,293
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$04$132,1437$117,5393$29,5371$51,1402$53,6102$45,375
APPLICATIONS DENIED7$133,7205$112,84668$138,8744$69,2551$39,3406$115,2736$75,123
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$53,5002$183,31539$140,0833$53,1800$02$81,8751$61,620
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$148,8900$014$147,4981$82,7300$01$178,8901$15,000

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0202.02 , 0204.00, 0205.00, 0206.00, 0207.00, 0208.02

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 full and 3 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED6$185,9728$172,209
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED3$164,4272$229,855
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$159,0000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$82,560

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0202.02 , 0204.00, 0205.00, 0206.00, 0207.00, 0208.02

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 130
  • Hazardous Condition: 97
  • Service Call: 1
  • Good Intent Call: 10

Incident types - Morganton

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Morganton, NC
Most common first names in Morganton, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James40071.4 years
Mary35579.3 years
William33873.3 years
John33374.4 years
Robert25072.0 years
Charles19571.3 years
Annie15079.3 years
Ruth11977.7 years
George11174.8 years
Thomas10570.9 years
Most common last names in Morganton, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith29773.9 years
Williams17076.9 years
Carswell14273.9 years
Clark12472.3 years
Johnson11070.8 years
Walker10677.9 years
Mull10578.9 years
Davis9371.5 years
Dale9177.2 years
Powell9072.9 years
Businesses in Morganton, NC
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Kmart1
Ace Hardware1Little Caesars Pizza1
Advance Auto Parts1Lowe's1
Arby's1Maurices1
AutoZone1McDonald's2
Bath & Body Works1New Balance1
Blockbuster1Nike3
Burger King2Penske1
CVS1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1Quality1
Chick-Fil-A1RadioShack1
Comfort Inn1Rite Aid2
Curves1SONIC Drive-In1
Days Inn1Sears1
Dennys1Sleep Inn1
Domino's Pizza1Staples1
Dunkin Donuts2Starbucks1
FedEx3Subway3
Ford1Taco Bell2
GNC2U-Haul4
H&R Block1UPS7
Hardee's2Waffle House1
Hilton1Walmart1
Honda1Wendy's2
KFC2
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