Rutherford College, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Rutherford College, North Carolina - Basic Facts

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The Town of Rutherford College had a population of 1,320 as of July 1, 2016. Rutherford College ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rutherford College is located at latitude 35.7508 and longitude -81.5269 in Burke County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Rutherford College (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.26 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Burke County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,207 feet.

The Town of Rutherford College (GNIS ID: 2407261) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Rutherford College is located within Township of Lovelady, a minor civil division (MCD) of Burke County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rutherford College population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rutherford College: Excelsior.

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Rutherford College, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,320
Population in Households 1,271
Population in Familes 1,052
Population in Group Qrtrs 49
Population Density1 584
Diversity Index2 14


Total Households 564
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 385
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 619 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 420 (67.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 144 (23.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 55 ( 8.9%)
Median Home Value $173,034
Average Home Value $254,821


Median Household Income $51,341
Average Household Income $66,592
Per Capita Income $27,796
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.25% -0.23%
Households -0.31% -0.21%
Families 0.73% -0.26%
Median Household Income   1.53%
Per Capita Income   2.04%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Rutherford College, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rutherford College to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 390 47th
Population Density1 # 415 44th
Diversity Index2 # 696 6th
Median Household Income # 177 76th
Per Capita Income # 168 77th

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