Morganton, NC Video Transcript
Morganton, North Carolina lies 45 minutes east of Asheville, North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a gateway to the mountains communities to the west and major cities to east but just far enough off the beaten path to be a Places of Value best place to relocate or retire in North Carolina.
With a population of 17,194 people, Morganton, NC is the largest city and is the county seat of Burke County, NC and lies within what is commonly referred to as the “Unifour Region” a four county area of more than 350,000 people that is one of the fastest growing places in North Carolina.
One need only drive into downtown Morganton to get a feel for what makes it so special. Wide, clean sidewalks take you past handsome storefronts containing clothing stores, specialty shops, restaurants, art galleries, cafes and even a movie theater.
Comforting music wafts through the air as you stop and admire the town square with its beautiful flowers, lush green trees and historic county courthouse.
In addition to a wonderful municipal auditorium, the downtown’s reputation as the social and cultural heart of Morganton NC is firmly cemented each summer as city residents enjoy everything from weekly Friday night outdoor concerts to the annual downtown art tour and the end of summer Historic Morganton Festival that draws on average over 80,000 people a year.
Morganton North Carolina is also the economic and employment engine of Burke County and beyond the retail shops of the central business district enjoys a diverse economy that includes everything from furniture and medical technology manufacturers to health care and educational services and even a local artisan community.
One of the city’s major employers is the North Carolina School for the Deaf whose beautiful historic campus lies just south of downtown.
Branching out beyond downtown, one finds a host of beautiful neighborhoods containing homes of all different types and styles.
Tree lined sidewalks take you past well-kept properties that speak to the strong sense of community pride you’ll find in Morganton North Carolina.
Combine that sense of community with a low cost of living, agreeable climate, affordable housing and attention to quality of life issues and you can understand why Morganton has not only been named one of the best places in the country to raise a family but also why it continues to make Retirement Lifestyles Magazine’s annual list of top five places to retire.
In fact, those looking to relocate or retire to Morganton can be assured there are a variety of housing options that fall within your budget.
The current median home price in Morganton is only around $98,000 and the median sales price for a 3 bedroom home is about $110,000.
For those not looking to buy there is an equally affordable rental market for townhomes, condominiums and apartments. A typical two bedroom apartment in Morganton costs as little as $450 a month and over the years more and more townhomes and apartments have been built within walking distance of downtown in everything from the spaces above retail stores to redeveloped old factory buildings.
We hope you liked our tour of Morganton, North Carolina. It is by far one of our favorite places and we hope you keep it in mind when you’re looking for your best place to relocate or retire in North Carolina.
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