Lake Lure, NC

Lake Lure, situated in Rutherford County, is a town made up of 14.8 square miles.

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The area that would become Lake Lure was settled in 1902, and is named after the nearby lake.  

The town sells electricity to Duke Energy using the dam in the town.


The median resident age in Lake Lure is 62 years. The median estimated household income is about $59,000 making it about $11,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $44,000. The average price for a home in Lake Lure is about $295,000 (2015) which is $135,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Lake Lure is 95% White, 2% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 2% other. 96% of the population are high school graduates, with 41% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 62% are married, 12% are divorced, 5% are separated, 3% are widowed, leaving 18% that have never been married.

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Rutherford County

Lake Lure 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 Lake Lure, NC is about 1,100. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1940s.


The elevation of Lake Lure, NC is 1,125 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Lake Lure, NC is 28746.

Area Code

The area code for Lake Lure, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Lake Lure 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 unafiliated (Nones). About 72% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Lake Lure is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Management and sales make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

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