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Rutherford College, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Rutherford College had a population of 1,399 as of July 1, 2020. 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 35.7485 and longitude -81.5226 in Burke County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Rutherford College 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rutherford College: Excelsior.

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Rutherford College, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 1,399 (100%)
Population in Households 1,348 (96.4%)
Population in Families 1,113 (79.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 51 ( 3.6%)
Population Density 609
Diversity Index2 14
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $52,667
Average Household Income $70,666
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $28,935
Wealth Index5 82
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 657 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 478 (72.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 127 (19.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 52 ( 7.9%)
Median Home Value $178,274
Average Home Value $227,401
Housing Affordability Index3 192
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 605
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 411
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.41% 0.43%
Households 0.5% 0.43%
Families 1.08% 0.39%
Median Household Income   0.23%
Per Capita Income   1.0%
Owner Occupied HU   0.54%

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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, 2020 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 # 386 48th
Population Density # 402 46th
Median Household Income # 260 65th
Housing Affordability Index # 349 47th
Per Capita Income # 242 67th
Diversity Index # 698 6th

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