Morganton, NC
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Morganton is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 16,692 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Morganton is the 52nd largest community in North Carolina.

Morganton is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Morganton is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Morganton who work in sales jobs (10.51%), office and administrative support (8.98%), and maintenance occupations (8.13%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.25 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Morganton is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.17% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Morganton in 2010 was $21,976, which is middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $87,904 for a family of four. However, Morganton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Morganton is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Morganton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Morganton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Morganton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.90% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Morganton include English, Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Morganton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.