Ruth, NC

Ruth, situated in Rutherford County, is a small town made up of .4 square miles.

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The median resident age in Ruth is 44 years. The median estimated household income is about $41,000 making it about $7,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $19,000. The average price for a home in Ruth is about $86,000 (2015) which is $74,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $500 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Ruth is 87% White, 7% Black, 3% Two or more races, and 3% other. 77% of the population are high school graduates, with 12% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 52% are married, 16% are divorced, 2% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 21% that have never been married.

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Rutherford County

Ruth 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 Ruth, NC is about 400. The population has been steadily increasing since 2000.


The elevation of Ruth, NC is 1,027 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Ruth, NC is 28139.

Area Code

The area code for Ruth, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Ruth 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 73% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Ruth is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing and construction make over 60% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Daily Courier is the primary newspaper that covers the Rutherford County area.



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