Drexel, NC

Drexel, situated in Burke County, is a small town made up of 1.4 square miles.

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July 15, 2018


The median resident age in Drexel is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $36,000 making it about $12,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $19,000. The average price for a home in Drexel is about $117,000 (2015) which is $43,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Drexel is 85% White, 3% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 11% other. 83% of the population are high school graduates, with 21% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 44% are married, 13% are divorced, 2% are separated, 17% are widowed, leaving 24% that have never been married.

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Burke County

Drexel belongs to Burke County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Thomas Burke, is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Burke County has a population of 91,000 and its largest city Morganton, with a population of 17,000, is the county seat.

Burke County formed from part of Rowan County in 1777, and was settle primarily by German and Scots-Irish immigrants during the 18th century. Some of the citizens of Burke County fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780, and were victorious over the British. From 1791 to 1861, parts of Burke County were taken to form other counties including: Buncombe, Yancey, Caldwell, McDowell, and Mitchell counties.

Burke County borders Caldwell, Avery, Lincoln, Catawba, Cleveland, McDowell, and Rutherford counties.

Burke County is made up of 515 square miles. 507 of which is land with the remaining 8 as water.


The population of Drexel, NC is about 1,900. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1940's.


The elevation of Drexel, NC is 1,194 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Drexel, NC is 28619.

Area Code

The area code for Drexel, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Drexel and Burke County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 39% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 59% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Drexel is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing and food accommodation make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Morganton News Herald is the primary newspaper that covers the Burke County area.