Hildebran, NC

Hildebran, situated in Burke County, is a small town made up of 2.9 square miles.

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The town was settled in the 19th century, and was named in honor of its earliest settlers. The town would later be incorporated in 1899.  


The median resident age in Hildebran is 41 years. The median estimated household income is about $45,000 making it about $8,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $19,000. The average price for a home in Hildebran is about $136,000 (2015) which is $24,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Hildebran is 91% White, 4% Asian, 1% Two or More Races and 4% other. 82% of the population are high school graduates, with 15% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 55% are married, 10% are divorced, 4% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 25% that have never been married.

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Burke County

Hildebran 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 Hildebran, NC is about 2,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the early 1900s, and has seen a large increase since the 1980s.


The elevation of Hildebran, NC is 1,188 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Hildebran, NC is 28637.

Area Code

The area code for Hildebran, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Hildebran 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 making up around 2%.


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

Production, construction and transportation make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

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