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Burke County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Burke County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. In 2000, 89,148 people lived there. Its county seat is Morganton.

Burke County
Burke County Courthouse
Burke County Courthouse
Map of North Carolina highlighting Burke County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 35°45′N 81°43′W / 35.75°N 81.71°W / 35.75; -81.71
Country United States
State North Carolina
Named forThomas Burke
Largest cityMorganton
 • Total515 sq mi (1,330 km2)
 • Land507 sq mi (1,310 km2)
 • Water8.0 sq mi (21 km2)  1.5%%
 • Total90,912
 • Density179/sq mi (69/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district11th


The county was made in 1777 from Rowan County. In 1791 parts of Burke County and Rutherford County were made into Buncombe County. In 1833 parts of Burke County and Buncombe County were made into Yancey County. In 1841 parts of Burke County and Wilkes County were made into Caldwell County. In 1842 more parts of Burke County and Rutherford County were made into McDowell County. And in 1861 parts of Burke County, Caldwell County, McDowell County, Watauga County, and Yancey County were made into Mitchell County.


Burke County is part of the local Western Piedmont Council of Governments.

Connected countiesEdit

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Cities and townsEdit

These cities and towns are in Burke County:

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