Spindale, NC

Spindale, situated in Rutherford County, is a small town made up of five and a half square miles.

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The town was founded in the 1780s. Spindale was incorporated in 1923. 


The median resident age in Spindale is 39 years. The median estimated household income is about $28,000 making it about $20,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $17,000. The average price for a home in Spindale is about $87,000 (2015) which is $73,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Spindale is 67% White, 27% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 4% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 11% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 43% are married, 9% are divorced, 3% are separated, 11% are widowed, leaving 34% that have never been married.

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Rutherford County

Spindale 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 Spindale, NC is about 4,300. The population has seen an increase since 2000.


The elevation of Spindale, NC is 1,089 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Spindale, NC is 28160.

Area Code

The area code for Spindale, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Spindale 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 Spindale is about 7% (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 Daily Courier and RC Catalyst are the primary newspapers that cover the Rutherford County area.


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Spindale Family Practice
Isothermal Community College
The Foundation
Spindale House
Spindale Florist

Town of Spindale NC
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