Burke County Geographic Information Services uses geographic information system technology to collect, update, distribute and analyze geographic information. The county then presents this information using Map Viewer and its data download page.
The land records provided by the Burke County Geographic Information Services lists real property located in the county for taxation purposes. Available documents include title documents, property record cards and maps. The geographic information system technology does not produce survey-quality maps, and landowners must contact the surveyor of their choice to find the corners of their properties. Any transfer of title must be handled through the owner's attorney of choice. Burke County does not combine plats on tax maps without the owner recording legal title documents with the Register of Deeds.
Burke County, North Carolina, has a total area of 515 square miles, including 507 square miles of land and 8 square miles of water from portions of Lake James and Lake Rhodhiss. The county seat is Morganton. Other incorporated towns include Drexel, Connelly Springs, Glen Alpine, Long View and Rhodiss. The county also has three unincorporated communities, including Jonas Ridge, Linville Falls and Petersburg. The 2010 census recorded 90,912 residents living in 34,528 households. Scenes in the 1992 film "Last of the Mohicans" were filmed in Burke County, and the final scene in the 1990 film "Hunt for the Red October" was filmed on Lake James.