Burke County

Burke County

Last updated September 2020

56,799 Total Voters

Republican 38.31% Democrat 26.85% Libertarian 0.54% Green 0.05% Constitution 0.07% Unaffiliated 34.17%
White 84.54% Black 5.64% Other 9.82%

Burke County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 90,912. Its county seat is Morganton.

Burke County is part of the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The first European settlement in the interior of North Carolina (and what would become the United States) was made by a Spanish expedition in 1567, when they built Fort San Juan at Joara, a large chiefdom of the Mississippian culture. The following year the Mississippians killed all but one of the Spanish soldiers, angered at their treatment.

The site was abandoned and lost for centuries, and no other Europeans settled here for about 200 years. After excavations in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, archeologists in 2013 announced having found remains of Fort San Juan at Joara. The evidence changed the record of European colonization attempts, as the Spanish had a sustained settlement in North America 40 years before that of the English at Jamestown, Virginia.

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Unemployment 10.23%

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In the General Assembly

  • State House
  • Hugh Blackwell (NC-86)
  • Mike Hager (NC-112)
  • State Senate
  • Warren Daniel (NC-46)

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