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Rutherfordton, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Rutherfordton had a population of 4,227 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Rutherfordton is located at latitude 35.3642 and longitude -81.9613 in Rutherford County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Rutherfordton (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.12 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Rutherford County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 968 feet.

The Town of Rutherfordton (GNIS ID: 2407262) 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 Rutherfordton is located within Township of Rutherfordton, a minor civil division (MCD) of Rutherford County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rutherfordton 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 Rutherfordton: Rutherford, Rutherford Court House, Rutherford Town.

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


Total Population 4,227
Population in Households 3,942
Population in Familes 3,081
Population in Group Qrtrs 285
Population Density1 1,026
Diversity Index2 36


Total Households 1,724
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 1,062
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,012 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,008 (50.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 716 (35.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 288 (14.3%)
Median Home Value $174,519
Average Home Value $195,109


Median Household Income $46,381
Average Household Income $66,704
Per Capita Income $28,900
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.01% 0.05%
Households -0.12% -0.06%
Families -0.28% -0.19%
Median Household Income   2.62%
Per Capita Income   1.64%
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.

Rutherfordton, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rutherfordton 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 # 182 76th
Population Density1 # 217 71st
Diversity Index2 # 484 35th
Median Household Income # 247 67th
Per Capita Income # 133 82nd

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