Rutherfordton, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Rutherfordton, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Rutherfordton had a population of 4,187 as of July 1, 2018.

The primary coordinate point for Rutherfordton is located at latitude 35.3693 and longitude -81.9568 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rutherfordton: Rutherford, Rutherford Court House, Rutherford Town.

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Rutherfordton, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 4,187
Population in Households 3,890
Population in Familes 3,052
Population in Group Qrtrs 297
Population Density2 1,016
Diversity Index3 36


Median Household Income $49,434
Average Household Income $72,470
Per Capita Income $31,488


Total Housing Units 2,020 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,043 (51.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 669 (33.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 308 (15.2%)
Median Home Value $182,879
Average Home Value $199,832


Total Households 1,712
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 1,051
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.12% -0.15%
Households -0.18% -0.2%
Families -0.34% -0.33%
Median Household Income   0.91%
Per Capita Income   1.13%

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, 2018 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 # 187 75th
Population Density # 220 70th
Diversity Index # 483 35th
Median Household Income # 261 65th
Per Capita Income # 143 81st

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