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Cliffside, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Cliffside Census Designated Place had a population of 602 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Cliffside, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 602
Daytime Population: Workers 26
Daytime Population: Residents 390
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 416
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.69
Population in Households 602
Population in Familes 529
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 259
Diversity Index3 21


Median Household Income $38,430
Average Household Income $51,137
Per Capita Income $18,848


Total Housing Units 272 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 173 (63.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 53 (19.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 47 (17.3%)
Median Home Value $87,121
Average Home Value $110,756


Total Households 225
Average Household Size 2.68
Family Households 176
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.2% -0.3%
Households -0.48% -0.36%
Families -0.54% -0.46%
Median Household Income   1.85%
Per Capita Income   3.49%

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, 2017 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 # 526 29th
Population Density # 594 20th
Diversity Index # 631 15th
Median Household Income # 458 38th
Per Capita Income # 579 22nd

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