Rutherfordton, NC

Rutherfordton, situated in Rutherford County, is a town made up of 4.2 square miles.

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The town was founded in 1787. Rutherfordton was a central location in North Carolina during the height of the Gold Rush, with many gold dollars being mined from the area.  


The median resident age in Rutherfordton is 51 years. The median estimated household income is about $39,000 making it about $9,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $24,000. The average price for a home in Rutherfordton is about $146,000 (2015) which is $14,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Rutherfordton is 83% White, 10% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 5% other. 87% of the population are high school graduates, with 23% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 50% are married, 16% are divorced, 3% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 22% that have never been married.

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Rutherford County

Rutherfordton 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 Rutherfordton, NC is about 4,200. The population has been steadily increasing since the town was founded.


The elevation of Rutherfordton, NC is 965 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Rutherfordton, NC is 28139.

Area Code

The area code for Rutherfordton, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Rutherfordton 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 Rutherfordton is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Retail, waste management, social assistance, and public administration make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The RC Catalyst, The Daily Courier, and Rutherford Weekly are the primary newspapers that cover the Rutherford County area.


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