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Rutherfordton, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Rutherfordton had a population of 4,251 as of July 1, 2020.

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 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, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 4,251 (100%)
Population in Households 3,962 (93.2%)
Population in Families 3,086 (72.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 289 ( 6.8%)
Population Density 1,032
Diversity Index2 38
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $44,534
Average Household Income $80,821
% of Income for Mortgage4 16%
Per Capita Income $33,055
Wealth Index5 97
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 2,054 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 965 (47.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 767 (37.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 322 (15.7%)
Median Home Value $167,806
Average Home Value $186,839
Housing Affordability Index3 164
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 1,732
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 1,062
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 0.05% 0.12%
Households -0.03% 0.06%
Families -0.17% -0.06%
Median Household Income   0.67%
Per Capita Income   2.27%
Owner Occupied HU   0.08%

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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, 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 # 189 75th
Population Density # 218 71st
Median Household Income # 414 44th
Housing Affordability Index # 206 28th
Per Capita Income # 148 80th
Diversity Index # 480 35th

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