Rutherford County, North Carolina Population 2019

Rutherford County, North Carolina's estimated population is 66,568 with a growth rate of 0.39% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Rutherford County, North Carolina is the 41st largest county in North Carolina.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201866,8262580.39%
201766,5682570.39%
201666,311-77-0.12%
201566,388-179-0.27%
201466,567-281-0.42%
201366,848-366-0.54%
201267,214-194-0.29%
201167,408-329-0.49%
201067,73710,81919.01%
199056,9183,1315.82%
198053,7876,45013.63%
197047,3372,2464.98%
196045,091-1,265-2.73%
195046,3567791.71%
194045,5775,12512.67%
193040,4529,02628.72%
192031,4263,04110.71%
191028,3853,28413.08%
190025,1016,33133.73%
189018,7703,57223.50%
188015,1982,07715.83%
187013,1211,54813.38%
186011,573-1,977-14.59%
185013,550-5,652-29.43%
184019,2021,6459.37%
183017,5572,20614.37%
182015,3512,14916.28%
181013,2022,44922.78%
180010,7532,94537.72%
17907,8080.00%

Rutherford County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population Data via

Population by Race

Race Population
White57,266
Black or African American6,735
Some Other Race956
Two or More Races924
American Indian and Alaska Native324
Asian306
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander12

Rutherford County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2019

Rutherford County, North Carolina Median Age

44.5


Total

43.2


Male

46.1


Female

Rutherford County, North Carolina Adults

There are 52,499 adults, (13,350 of whom are seniors) in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

Rutherford County, North Carolina Age Dependency

69.9

Age Dependency Ratio

34.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Rutherford County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

34,248

51.48%

Male

32,275

48.52%

Rutherford County, North Carolina Households and Families

Rutherford County, North Carolina Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Rutherford County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.9%16.1%
All71.5%28.5%
Male62.7%37.3%
Non Family62.4%37.6%
Female52%48%

71.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All26,4972.4771.5
Married12,8253.0683.9
Non Family9,2211.1562.4
Female3,2893.5552
Male1,1623.3162.7

3.06

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

4.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Rutherford County, North Carolina Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,4785.22%
9th to 12th Grade6,35613.40%
High School Graduate15,38632.43%
Some College9,65220.34%
Associates Degree5,37911.34%
Bachelors Degree5,42911.44%
Graduate Degree2,7675.83%

Rutherford County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White40,90633,6237,536
Black4,4583,613302
Hispanic1,431913327
Other Race37813229
Multiple Races29023145
Asian22012929
Native American208174
Islander128

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 83.65%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among hispanic people with a rate of 22.85%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,899$31,611$26,364
Less Than High School$21,267$21,974$12,988
High School Grad$26,209$30,753$22,644
Some College$28,329$33,348$22,580
Bachelors Degree$39,456$45,042$34,330
Graduate Degree$53,723$65,568$48,281

$29,899

Average Earnings

$31,611

Average Male

$26,364

Average Female

Rutherford County, North Carolina Language

Rutherford County, North Carolina Language by Age

Rutherford County, North Carolina Language

96.04% of Rutherford County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 3.96% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.81% of the population.

Rutherford County, North Carolina Poverty

Rutherford County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White54,7039,92518.14%
Black6,4571,67525.94%
Hispanic2,72098836.32%
Other94869473.21%
Multiple91019921.87%
Asian3063110.13%
Native246208.13%

19.62%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.34%

Male Poverty Rate

20.82%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Rutherford County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Rutherford County, North Carolina is Other, with 73.21% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Rutherford County, North Carolina is Native, with 8.13% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.13%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.12%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.46%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.64%
High School18.74%
Some College13.12%
Bachelors or Greater5.37%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed44.11%
Male Unemployed42.99%
Female Employed10.89%
Male Employed7.73%

Rutherford County, North Carolina Income

Rutherford County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$38,573$50,745
Families$47,796$60,740
Married Families$57,844-
Non Families$20,967$30,543

Rutherford County, North Carolina Marital Status

Rutherford County, North Carolina Marital Status

Marriage Rates

49.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.5%

Male Marriage Rate

47.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Rutherford County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

Rutherford County, North Carolina Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Rutherford County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

Rutherford County, North Carolina Veterans

4,024

Number of Veterans

3,821

Male Veterans

203

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,838
First Gulf War544
Korea445
Second Gulf War226
World War II115

Rutherford County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,7298.10%
Black1773.47%
2 or More6114.39%
Hispanic432.62%
Other266.81%
Indian218.71%
Asian103.73%

Rutherford County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

8.18%

Veteran Poverty Rate

40.12%

Veteran Disability Rate

Rutherford County, North Carolina Employment Status

52.6%

Labor Force Participation

48%

Employment Rate

8.7%

Unemployment Rate

Population of Cities in Rutherford County, North Carolina

City 2010 Census 2016 Estimated Growth Growth Rate
Forest City74767305-171-2.29%
Spindale43214248-73-1.69%
Rutherfordton42284147-81-1.92%
Lake Lure11951180-15-1.26%
Ellenboro873849-24-2.75%
Ruth440426-14-3.18%
Bostic386375-11-2.85%
Chimney Rock Village113110-3-2.65%
  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
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