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LOCATION

Located in the Catawba River Valley in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Burke County is situated in the rolling landscape of western North Carolina. Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 70 bisect the county, running parallel to six municipalities (Connelly Springs, Drexel, Glen Alpine, Hildebran, Rutherford College and Valdese) and the county seat of Morganton. Additionally, portions of Hickory, Long View, and Rhodhiss, N.C., rest within Burke County’s borders.

Distance in miles to Morganton from:

City Distance in miles
Asheville, NC 56
Atlanta, GA 237
Charlotte, NC 77
Greensboro, NC 120
Greenville, SC 95
Hickory, NC 26
Knoxville, TN 169
Raleigh, NC 194
Wilmington, NC 279
Washington DC 426
Winston-Salem, NC 92

CLIMATE/WEATHER

Month High Low Precipitation
January 51°F 28°F 4.28″
February 55°F 29°F 4.41″
March 63°F 36°F 4.78″
April 72°F 44°F 3.83″
May 79°F 52°F 4.06″
June 86°F 52°F 4.29″
July 88°F 64°F 4.51″
August 87°F 63°F 4.49″
September 81°F 57°F 4.31″
October 73°F 45°F 3.69″
November 62°F 35°F 3.40″
December 53°F 29°F 3.73″
Total 49.78″

Climate data courtesy of TNC Cooperative Extension

Taxes

Sales Tax 6.75%
State Portion 4.75%

For updates and information: Burke County Tax Administration, 764-9430

Burke County

Population 89,842
Land Area 507.1 Square miles
Water Area 8.2 Square miles
County Elevation From 900 to 4,350 feet above sea level
Property Tax $.68 (for updates and information: Burke County Tax)

Government

Board of Elections (828)764-9010
Building Inspections (828)764-9020
Clerk of the Court (828)433-3200
Economic Development (828)764-9370
Health Department (828)764-9150
Planning and Zoning (828)764-9030
Register of Deeds (828)438-5450
Tax Office (828)764-9430

Morganton

Population 16,944
Property Tax $0.68 (Rates based per $100 valuation)

Phone Numbers

Main Number (828) 438-5228
Police Department (828) 437-1211
Post Office (828) 437-3484
Morganton Public Library (828) 437-5638

Valdese

Population 4,514
Property Tax $0.485

Phone Numbers

Main Number (828) 879-2120
Police Department (828) 879-2104
Post Office (828) 874-2812
Public Library (828) 874-2421

Icard

Population 2,664

Phone Numbers

Post Office (828) 397-5071

Connelly Springs

Population 1,823

Phone Numbers

Main number (828) 879-2321
Post Office (828) 874-0784

Drexel

Population 1,675

Phone Numbers

Main Number (828) 437-7421
Police Department (828) 437-7421

Glen Alpine

Population 1,517

Phone Numbers

Main Number (828) 584-2622
Police Department (828) 584-7279
Post Office (828) 584-0628

Hildebran

Population 1, 402

Phone Numbers

Main Number (828) 397-5801
Post Office (828) 397-6573
C.B. Hildebran Public Library (828)397-3600

Rutherford College

Population 1,169

Phone Numbers

Main Number (828) 874-0333
Post Office (828) 874-0048

Utilities

Electricity

Duke Energy Company (800) 653-5307
Rutherford EMC (828) 584-1410
City of Morganton Electrical Co. (828) 438-5282

Gas, Oil & Propane

Piedmont Natural Gas (800) 752-7504
Heritage Propane (828) 439-8140
Burke Oil (828) 879-8561

Water & Sewer

Distributed by the cities of Morganton and Valdese or applicable municipality

City of Morganton (828) 437-8863
Burke County Public Works (828) 439-4391
Town of Valdese (828) 879-2120

Solid Waste Management

 Blue Ridge Garbage
(Commercial & Industrial)
 (828) 438-1799
 Republic Services, Inc.
(Residential, Commercial, Industrial)
(828) 437-7940

Telephone/Telecommunications

 AT&T Residential  (855) 324-3665
 AT&T Business  (877) 253-0009
att.com/newservice
 Repairs Residential  (877) 737-2478
 Repairs Business  (866) 620-6900
Repair.att.com
 Billing Residential  (800) 288-2020
 Billing Business  (866) 620-6000
att.com/pay

Cable

 CoMPAS Cable TV & Internet
(City of Morganton)
 (828) 438-5353
 Charter Communications  (866) 472-2200

Health Care

Medical Facilities

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge/ Morganton
2201 South Sterling St., Morganton
(828) 580-5000
Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge/ Valdese
720 Malcolm Blvd., Valdese
(828) 580-2251
Frye Regional Medical Center
420 North Center St., Hickory
(828) 315-5000

Extended Care

Blue Ridge Community Action
800 North Green St., Morganton
HandiCare, Inc.
304 South Main Street, Drexel

Assisted Living/Nursing Homes

Cambridge House
114 10th St. NE, Hickory
(828) 325-4980

Retirement Living

Grace Ridge
500 Lenoir Road, Morganton
(828) 580-8330

EDUCATION

NC Center for Engineering Technologies
1990 Main Ave. SE, Hickory
(828) 328-6183
Burke County Board of Education
700 E. Parker Road, Morganton
(828) 439-4329
Gardner-Webb University
110 South Main St., Boiling Springs
(704) 406-4000
Lees-McRae College
191 Main Street W., Banner Elk
(800) 280-4562
Western Carolina University
1 University Way, Cullowhee
(828) 227-7211
Western Piedmont Community College
1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton
(828) 448-3500

Other schools/ educational programs

Blue Ridge Community Action (828) 758-4290
Child Care Connections of BC, Inc. (828) 439-2328
Morganton Day School (828) 437-6782
The New Dimensions Charter School (828) 437-5753
North Carolina School for the Deaf (828) 432-5200

MEDIA/ COMMUNICATIONS

Newspapers

Hickory Daily Record (website) (828) 322-4510
The Morganton News Herald (website) (828) 437-2161

HOUSING & REAL ESTATE

Burke County MLS

TRANSPORTATION

Greenway Public Transportation (828) 438-0867, (828) 464-9444

Airports

Charlotte Douglas International (704) 359-4027
Hickory Regional (828) 323-7408
Foothills Regional Airport Authority (828) 757-0099

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

NC Employment Security Commission (website) (828) 438-6161
AccuForce Staffing Services (828) 432-2950
Friday Staffing Services (828) 437-4200
The Laviz Group, Inc. (828) 430-9252
Manpower, Inc. (828) 652-8865
Catawba Valley Staffing (828) 432-9797