Morganton, North Carolina Population 2024

17,792

Morganton is a city located in Burke County North Carolina. Morganton has a 2024 population of 17,792. It is also the county seat of Burke County.Morganton is currently growing at a rate of 0.54% annually and its population has increased by 1.8% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 17,478 in 2020.

The average household income in Morganton is $68,321 with a poverty rate of 28%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Morganton is 37.7 years, 32.3 years for males, and 41 years for females.

Morganton Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Morganton was:

  • White: 64.86%
  • Black or African American: 13.51%
  • Other race: 11.02%
  • Two or more races: 4.32%
  • Native American: 4.02%
  • Asian: 2.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
19.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
924.60/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
1.8% (314)
The current population of Morganton, North Carolina is 17,792 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 17,478.

Morganton, North Carolina Population 2024

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Morganton Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White11,32364.86%
Black or African American2,35813.51%
Other race1,92311.02%
Two or more races7544.32%
Native American7014.02%
Asian3982.28%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Other race

Two or more races

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Morganton Population by Race

Morganton Population Pyramid 2024

Morganton Median Age

37.7

Total

32.3

Male

41

Female

Morganton Adults

There are 13,216 adults, (3,576 of whom are seniors) in Morganton.

Morganton Age Dependency

81.1

Age Dependency Ratio

37.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44

Child Dependency Ratio

Morganton Sex Ratio

Female9,07451.98%
Male8,38348.02%

Morganton Population by Age

Morganton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All6,4692.5151.648.4
Non Family2,2331.0947.652.4
Married2,2263.1774.625.4
Female1,3683.7536.963.1
Male6422.5117.682.4
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3.16

Average Family Size

2.51

Average Household Size

51.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Morganton Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Morganton Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Morganton Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 90.03%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 32.6%.

Morganton Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$31,102

Average Earnings

$37,976

Average Male

$28,704

Average Female

Morganton Earnings by Educational Attainment

Morganton Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Morganton Language

79.6% of Morganton residents speak only English, while 20.4% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.54% of the population.

Morganton Language

Morganton Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White9,8951,97219.93%
Hispanic3,4861,47742.37%
Other1,9231,10557.46%
Black2,12266931.53%
Multiple72426837.02%
Native69824635.24%
Asian37911730.87%
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28%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.7%

Male Poverty Rate

28.27%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Morganton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Morganton is Other, with 57.46% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Morganton is White, with 19.93% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.06%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.4%.

Morganton Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade54.7%
Some College10.99%
High School10.92%
Bachelors or Greater3.21%
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Morganton Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed54.21%
Male Unemployed42.65%
Male Employed13.94%
Female Employed12.34%
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Morganton Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Morganton Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Morganton Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

36.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.7%

Male Marriage Rate

33.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Morganton Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Morganton Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Morganton Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Morganton Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

660

Number of Veterans

627

Male Veterans

33

Female Veterans

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Morganton Veterans by War

count

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Morganton Veterans by Age

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Morganton Veterans by Race

Morganton Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.6%

Veteran Disability Rate

Morganton Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

55.3%

Labor Force Participation

52.3%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Morganton Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Morganton Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Morganton Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

64.45%

Born in Morganton

90.08%

Native Born

9.92%

Foreign Born

7.54%

Non Citizen

2.38%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.08% of Morganton residents were born in the United States, with 64.45% having been born in North Carolina. 7.54% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Morganton Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202918,267950.52%
202818,172950.53%
202718,077950.53%
202617,982950.53%
202517,887950.53%
202417,792950.54%
202317,697950.54%
202217,602950.54%
202117,507290.17%
202017,4789315.63%
201916,547120.07%
201816,535140.08%
201716,5211120.68%
201616,409-14-0.09%
201516,423-61-0.37%
201416,484-53-0.32%
201316,537-134-0.8%
201216,671-110-0.66%
201116,781-42-0.25%
201016,823-487-2.81%
200017,3102,22514.75%
199015,0851,3229.61%
198013,7631381.01%
197013,6254,43948.32%
19609,18687510.53%
19508,3116418.36%
19407,6701,66927.81%
19306,0013,134109.31%
19202,8671555.72%
19102,712
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Morganton Population by Year