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Living In Morganton, NC

The small city of Morganton, North Carolina is home to approximately 17,000 residents. It's a nice place to settle down, as retirees account for a greater percentage of the population (21%) here than they do nationally (14%), while young professionals are less well-represented. At an average age of just under 43, the city's population skews older than most cities in North Carolina. The majority of Morganton residents own their homes, and 40% of residents rent. With a relatively low average rent of $667 per month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in North Carolina. Each month, renters in Morganton will pay around $264 less compared to the state average.

Morganton residents have an average commute of about 22 minutes, shorter than the state average of about 25 minutes. Driving is the most common way to get to work, opted for by 34% of workers, while public transit is not used. Walking isn't a common way to get to work.

Morganton has a large concentration of residents older than 25 with an Associate's degree (8%) compared to the national average (5%). Furthermore, 10% possess a Bachelor's degree and 5% have a Master's degree or Doctorate. There are two primary industries in Morganton: manufacturing and healthcare. Combined, these industries account for 14% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 5% of the city's population works in transportation, making it the top career path in the city. With an average annual income of about $52,000, Morganton workers take home less than the average North Carolina resident. The city's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345.


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