Rutherford College, NC

Rutherford College, situated in Burke County, is a small town made up of 2.3 square miles.

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Rutherford College was named after the university that once stood in the area. Rutherford College was incorporated in 1977.


The median resident age in Rutherford College is 46 years. The median estimated household income is about $53,000 making it about $5,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $25,000. The average price for a home in Rutherford College is about $146,000 (2015) which is $14,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $550 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Rutherford College is 96% White, 2% Asian, 1% Two or more races, and 1% other. 85% of the population are high school graduates, with 18% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 56% are married, 10% are divorced, 4% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 25% that have never been married.

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Burke County

Rutherford College 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 Rutherford College, NC is about 1,300. The population has been steadily increasing since the early 1900s.


The elevation of Rutherford College, NC is 1,204 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Rutherford College, NC is 28671.

Area Code

The area code for Rutherford College, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Rutherford College and Burke County have voted mostly Republican, with 61% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 39% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 60% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Rutherford College 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 is the primary newspaper that covers the Burke County area.


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