Morganton is great, not very ghetto-y at all lol. I currently live east of Morganton, about 20 min away in Icard (just a little one stoplight town). I'm looking to move up on the other side of Morganton within a few years, towards Jonas Ridge. It's a whole lot quieter up there, very spread out as far as neighbors go. You still have neighborhoods with houses right on top of each other, if that's what you like, but there is more farmland and creeks and mountains than the neighborhoods.