Rhodhiss, NC

Rhodhiss, situated in Caldwell County and Burke County, is a small town made up of 1.3 square miles.

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The town was named from a combination of John Rhodes and George Hiss' last names. Rhodhiss was where the flag that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was woven at Burlington Mills in the town.  


The median resident age in Rhodhiss is 46 years. The median estimated household income is about $33,000 making it about $15,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $15,000. The average price for a home in Rhodhiss is about $73,000 (2015) which is $87,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Rhodhiss is 92% White, 5% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 2% other. 73% of the population are high school graduates, with 5% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 39% are married, 13% are divorced, 4% are separated, 13% are widowed, leaving 31% that have never been married.

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Burke County

Rhodhiss mostly belongs to Burke County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Thomas Burke, is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Burke County has a population of 91,000 and its largest city Morganton, with a population of 17,000, is the county seat.

Burke County formed from part of Rowan County in 1777, and was settle primarily by German and Scots-Irish immigrants during the 18th century. Some of the citizens of Burke County fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780, and were victorious over the British. From 1791 to 1861, parts of Burke County were taken to form other counties including: Buncombe, Yancey, Caldwell, McDowell, and Mitchell counties.

Burke County borders Caldwell, Avery, Lincoln, Catawba, Cleveland, McDowell, and Rutherford counties.

Burke County is made up of 515 square miles. 507 of which is land with the remaining 8 as water.


The population of Rhodhiss, NC is about 1,000. The population had been steadily decreasing since the 1930s, but it saw a large increase after 2000.


The elevation of Rhodhiss, NC is 958 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Rhodhiss, NC is 28667.

Area Code

The area code for Rhodhiss, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Rhodhiss and Caldwell County and Burke County have voted mostly Republican, with 67% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 42% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 57% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Rhodhiss is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Morganton News-Herald and Hickory Record are the primary newspapers that cover the Caldwell County and Burke County area.


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