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Ruth, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Ruth had a population of 420 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Ruth is located at latitude 35.3824 and longitude -81.9448 in Rutherford County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Ruth (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Rutherford County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,037 feet.

The Town of Ruth (GNIS ID: 2407259) 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 Ruth is located within Township of Rutherfordton, a minor civil division (MCD) of Rutherford County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ruth population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ruth: Hampton.

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


Total Population 420
Daytime Population: Workers 77
Daytime Population: Residents 251
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 328
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.78
Population in Households 401
Population in Familes 326
Population in Group Qrtrs 19
Population Density2 990
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $42,608
Average Household Income $55,873
Per Capita Income $20,609


Total Housing Units 206 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 123 (59.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 44 (21.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 39 (18.9%)
Median Home Value $154,167
Average Home Value $184,631


Total Households 167
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 119
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 -0.64% -0.48%
Households -0.8% -0.61%
Families 0.72% -0.68%
Median Household Income   2.98%
Per Capita Income   2.54%

Ruth, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ruth 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 # 591 20th
Population Density # 224 70th
Diversity Index # 514 31st
Median Household Income # 337 55th
Per Capita Income # 486 34th

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