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Cliffside, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Cliffside Census Designated Place had a population of 675 as of July 1, 2016. Cliffside ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Cliffside is located at latitude 35.248 and longitude -81.7653 in Rutherford County. The formal boundaries for the Cliffside Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.33 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Rutherford County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 738 feet.

While the primary coordinates for Cliffside Census Designated Place are located in Rutherford County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Cleveland County.

The Cliffside Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2628618) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Cliffside Census Designated Place is located within Township of High Shoals, a minor civil division (MCD) of Rutherford County.

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

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


Total Population 675
Population in Households 675
Population in Familes 595
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 290
Diversity Index2 21


Total Households 253
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 198
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 292 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 196 (67.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 58 (19.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 39 (13.4%)
Median Home Value $83,219
Average Home Value $106,410


Median Household Income $37,007
Average Household Income $48,177
Per Capita Income $17,799
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.61% 0.93%
Households 1.33% 0.85%
Families 1.27% 0.8%
Median Household Income   1.59%
Per Capita Income   1.85%
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.

Cliffside, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cliffside 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 # 508 31st
Population Density1 # 574 22nd
Diversity Index2 # 618 17th
Median Household Income # 464 37th
Per Capita Income # 598 19th

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