Bostic, NC

Bostic, situated in Rutherford County, is a small town made up of 0.9 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Bostic, NC

May 27, 2018

Bostic is home to the Bostic Lincoln Center, and many believe that Abraham Lincoln was born at Puzzle Creek about 4 miles for the center.

The Melton-Davis House, Washburn Historic District, and the Bostic Charge Parsonage are on the National Register of Historic Places. The town has no red lights, and just 3 caution lights. Bostic has been a stop for the CSX railroad for many years.

The Town of Bostic was incorporated in 1893.


The median resident age in Bostic is 48 years. The median estimated household income is about $28,000 making it about $17,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $18,000. The average price for a home in Bostic is about $73,000 (2013) which is $82,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $670 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Bostic is 92% White, 5% Black, 1% Asian, 1% Two or more races, and 1% Hispanic. 82% of the population are high school graduates, with 13% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 55% are married, 8% are divorced, 2% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 30% that have never been married.

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Rutherford County

Bostic belongs to Rutherford County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Griffith Rutherford, encompasses the Forest City, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Rutherford County has a population of 68,000 and the city Rutherfordton, with a population of 4,200, is the county seat.

In 1779, the county was formed from parts of Tyron County. In 1776 Griffith Rutherford lead an expedition against the Cherokee, and was a general in the American Revolutionary War.

Rutherford County borders Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Cherokee (South Carolina), Spartanburg (South Carolina), Cleveland, Burke, and McDowell counties.

Rutherford County is made up of 566 square miles. 564 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.


The Population of Bostic, NC is about 390. Since the 1990's the town has seen a decrease in population.


The elevation of Bostic, NC is 948 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Bostic, NC is 28018.

Area Code

The area code for Bostic, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Bostic and Rutherford County have voted mostly Republican, with 66% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 26% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 72% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 1%, and 1% other.


The unemployment rate for Bostic is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Construction, health care, and education make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Digital Courier and RC Catalyst are the primary newspapers that cover the Rutherford County area.