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Burke County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Burke County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1777
Seat Morganton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

515 sq mi (1,334 km²)

8 sq mi (21 km²), 1.59%
 - (2000)
 - Density

176/sq mi (68/km²)

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.


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 counties

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Cities and towns

These cities and towns are in Burke County:

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