Cities in Burke County, North Carolina by Population (2024)

There are 32 cities in Burke County, North Carolina.

Note: As defined by the US Census Bureau, a city's official boundaries often extend miles beyond the city itself and may even cross county lines. As such, several thousand US cities officially exist in two or more counties (and therefore appear on multiple counties' lists of cities.)

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2024 Population
2020 Census
Annual Change
Density (mi²)
Area (mi²)
Hickory1North Carolina44,61243,5560.6%1,39931.89
Lenoir2North Carolina18,16018,350-0.26%87220.82
Morganton3North Carolina17,72617,4780.35%92219.23
St. Stephens4North Carolina9,9509,2981.67%1,0939.10
Conover5North Carolina8,7038,4390.76%76211.42
Marion6North Carolina7,2737,711-1.48%1,2185.97
Long View7North Carolina5,2485,0960.73%1,3044.02
Valdese8North Carolina4,6884,6860.02%5967.86
Bethlehem9North Carolina3,8783,9592.51%5097.63
Hudson10North Carolina3,7523,788-0.24%1,0263.66
Gamewell11North Carolina3,6923,6940%4558.11
Mountain View12North Carolina2,9973,776-5.16%6434.66
Cajah's Mountain13North Carolina2,6902,708-0.15%7943.39
Icard14North Carolina1,8492,119-3.5%4833.83
Salem15North Carolina1,7561,4793.6%4094.29
Drexel16North Carolina1,7511,757-0.06%1,2671.38
Hildebran17North Carolina1,6811,6790.06%5942.83
Connelly Springs18North Carolina1,5431,5230.33%3094.99
Nebo19North Carolina1,5281,3183.59%2895.30
Glen Alpine20North Carolina1,5211,527-0.07%7082.15
Northlakes21North Carolina1,4521,3042.61%9731.49
Blowing Rock22North Carolina1,3821,3720.22%4263.24
Rutherford College23North Carolina1,2171,2170%5302.30
Rhodhiss24North Carolina983987-0.1%8271.19
Belwood25North Carolina8768620.46%7112.30
Newland26North Carolina7237150.28%9670.75
Fallston27North Carolina6376270.47%2942.17
Lawndale28North Carolina5775730.17%7150.81
Linville29North Carolina57529913.64%3221.78
Polkville30North Carolina5245160.38%2811.86
Brookford31North Carolina4364200.93%7160.61
Cedar Rock32North Carolina295299-0.34%2591.14
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Note: City markers shown outside the county boundary mean that a part of the city extends into this county, but is primarily located in an adjacent county.

What is the largest city in Burke County, North Carolina?

Hickory is the largest city in Burke County.

What is the smallest city in Burke County, North Carolina?

Cedar Rock is the smallest city in Burke County.

How many cities are in Burke County?

There are 32 cities in Burke County, North Carolina.

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