Morganton, North Carolina Population 2020

16,777

Morganton is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 16,777, it is the 60th largest city in North Carolina and the 2129th largest city in the United States. Morganton is currently growing at a rate of 0.67% annually but its population has decreased by -0.83% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 16,918 in 2010. Morganton reached it's highest population of 17,310 in 2000. Spanning over 19 miles, Morganton has a population density of 872 people per square mile.

The average household income in Morganton is $59,290 with a poverty rate of 19.20%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $645 per month, and the median house value is $147,100. The median age in Morganton is 42.6 years, 41.3 years for males, and 44.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 90.6 males.

Morganton Demographics

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

  • White: 77.70%
  • Other race: 9.34%
  • Black or African American: 8.42%
  • Two or more races: 1.57%
  • Asian: 1.39%
  • Native American: 1.29%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.30%
The current population of Morganton, North Carolina is 16,777, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 16,555.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 16,918.

Morganton, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020371,2401,4120.38%
2019369,8281,4120.38%
2018368,4161,4120.38%
2017367,0042,1860.60%
2016364,8181,4510.40%
2015363,3672820.08%
2014363,085-332-0.09%
2013363,417-268-0.07%
2012363,685-794-0.22%
2011364,479-1,118-0.31%
2010365,5970.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White12,79477.70%
Some Other Race1,5389.34%
Black or African American1,3868.42%
Two or More Races2581.57%
Asian2291.39%
American Indian and Alaska Native2121.29%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander490.30%

Morganton Population Pyramid 2020

Morganton Median Age

42.6


Total

41.3


Male

44.8


Female

Morganton Adults

There are 12,970 adults, (3,526 of whom are seniors) in Morganton.

Morganton Age Dependency

74.4

Age Dependency Ratio

37.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37

Child Dependency Ratio

Morganton Sex Ratio

Female

8,638

52.46%

Male

7,828

47.54%

Morganton Households and Families

Morganton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Morganton Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.4%25.6%
Male58.8%41.2%
All57%43%
Non Family43.1%56.9%
Female38.5%61.5%

57.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,4432.3857
Married2,8633.0374.4
Non Family2,4401.1243.1
Female9023.438.5
Male2383.5158.8

3.06

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

4.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Morganton Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,33211.50%
9th to 12th Grade1,21710.51%
High School Graduate2,61722.60%
Some College2,07917.95%
Associates Degree1,26910.96%
Bachelors Degree1,75315.14%
Graduate Degree1,31511.35%

Morganton Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White8,7767,2122,897
Hispanic1,39965933
Black1,04986654
Other Race68130641
Asian15613241
Multiple Races10810820
Native American10117
Islander27

The highest rate of high school graduation is among multiple races people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 33.01%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,556$29,051$24,149
Less Than High School$16,647$21,005$10,975
High School Grad$22,067$21,649$23,203
Some College$26,612$29,816$22,312
Bachelors Degree$40,500$44,825$37,708
Graduate Degree$58,458$57,228$58,539

$27,556

Average Earnings

$29,051

Average Male

$24,149

Average Female

Morganton Language

Morganton Language by Age

Morganton Language

82.39% of Morganton residents speak only English, while 17.61% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 14.68% of the population.

Morganton Poverty

Morganton Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White10,7401,63215.20%
Hispanic3,1091,02132.84%
Other1,53864541.94%
Black1,18427222.97%
Asian2295524.02%
Native212115.19%
Multiple24183.32%

19.20%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.25%

Male Poverty Rate

20.04%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Morganton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Morganton is Other, with 41.94% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Morganton is Multiple, with 3.32% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.20%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.87%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School40.77%
High School15.49%
Some College11.55%
Bachelors or Greater2.96%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed43.55%
Male Unemployed41.57%
Male Employed6.91%
Female Employed6.89%

Morganton Income

Morganton Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,459$59,290
Families$52,184$71,889
Married Families$65,060-
Non Families$25,333$36,484

Morganton Marital Status

Morganton Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.6%

Male Marriage Rate

43.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Morganton Married by Age and Sex

Morganton Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Morganton Marital Status by Race

Morganton Veterans

1,238

Number of Veterans

1,100

Male Veterans

138

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam540
First Gulf War207
Korea179
Second Gulf War122
World War II9
Age Group Veterans
65 to 74382
75+356
55 to 64233
35 to 54192
18 to 3475
Name Veterans % of Total
White9959.54%
Black20316.53%
Hispanic482.55%
Other212.52%
2 or More159.55%
Asian42.16%

$Morganton Veterans by Education

2.22%

Veteran Poverty Rate

41.08%

Veteran Disability Rate

Morganton Employment Status

50.4%

Labor Force Participation

46.6%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

Morganton Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

61.02%

Born in North Carolina

89.86%

Native Born

10.14%

Foreign Born

8.17%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

89.86% of Morganton residents were born in the United States, with 61.02% having been born in North Carolina. 8.17% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202016,7771110.67%
201916,6661110.67%
201816,555470.28%
201716,5081110.68%
201616,397-16-0.10%
201516,413-57-0.35%
201416,470-51-0.31%
201316,521-133-0.80%
201216,654-109-0.65%
201116,763-43-0.26%
201016,806-504-0.30%
200017,3102,2251.39%
199015,0851,3220.92%
198013,7631380.10%
197013,6254,4394.02%
19609,1868751.01%
19508,3116410.81%
19407,6701,6692.48%
19306,0013,1347.67%
19202,8671550.56%
19102,7120.00%