Glen Alpine, NC

Glen Alpine, situated in Burke County, is a small town made up of 2.2 square miles.

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August 23, 2018


The median resident age in Glen Alpine is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $48,000 making it roughly equal to the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $23,000. The average price for a home in Glen Alpine is about $117,000 (2015) which is $43,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $650 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Glen Alpine is 87% White, 6% Asian, 2% Two or more races, and 5% other. 82% of the population are high school graduates, with 18% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 63% are married, 8% are divorced, 1% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 23% that have never been married. 

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Burke County

Glen Alpine 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 Glen Alpine, NC is about 1,500. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1990's.


The elevation of Glen Alpine, NC is 1,201 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Glen Alpine, NC is 28628.

Area Code

The area code for Glen Alpine, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Glen Alpine and Burke County have voted mostly Republican, with 61% 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 religions making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Glen Alpine is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Manufacturing, healthcare and social assistance, and public administration make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Morganton News Herald, McDowell News, and The News-Topic are the primary newspapers that cover the Burke County area.