Rutherfordton, North Carolina Population 2024

3,678

Rutherfordton is a city located in Rutherford County North Carolina. Rutherfordton has a 2024 population of 3,678. It is also the county seat of Rutherford County.Rutherfordton is currently growing at a rate of 0.33% annually and its population has increased by 0.99% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 3,642 in 2020.

The average household income in Rutherfordton is $80,168 with a poverty rate of 16.78%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Rutherfordton is 40 years, 40.4 years for males, and 37.9 years for females.

Rutherfordton Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Rutherfordton was:

  • White: 76.46%
  • Two or more races: 10.9%
  • Black or African American: 6.89%
  • Other race: 4.39%
  • Asian: 0.82%
  • Native American: 0.54%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
4.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
892.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
0.99% (36)
The current population of Rutherfordton, North Carolina is 3,678 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 3,642.

Rutherfordton, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White2,80776.46%
Two or more races40010.9%
Black or African American2536.89%
Other race1614.39%
Asian300.82%
Native American200.54%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Rutherfordton Population by Race

Rutherfordton Population Pyramid 2024

Rutherfordton Median Age

40

Total

40.4

Male

37.9

Female

Rutherfordton Adults

There are 2,894 adults, (932 of whom are seniors) in Rutherfordton.

Rutherfordton Age Dependency

87.1

Age Dependency Ratio

47.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Rutherfordton Sex Ratio

Female2,06056.12%
Male1,61143.88%

Rutherfordton Population by Age

Rutherfordton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,4362.3768.231.8
Married6452.9385.114.9
Non Family5601.2155.244.8
Male1163.5986.213.8
Female1153.6319.180.9
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3.02

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

68.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Rutherfordton Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Rutherfordton Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Rutherfordton Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

Rutherfordton Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$31,503

Average Earnings

$39,113

Average Male

$29,250

Average Female

Rutherfordton Earnings by Educational Attainment

Rutherfordton Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Rutherfordton Language

85% of Rutherfordton residents speak only English, while 15% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.65% of the population.

Rutherfordton Language

Rutherfordton Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White2,64135613.48%
Multiple40014636.5%
Black1607546.88%
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16.78%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.9%

Male Poverty Rate

18.79%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Rutherfordton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Rutherfordton is Black, with 46.88% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Rutherfordton is White, with 13.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.87%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.76%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.52%.

Rutherfordton Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.23%
Some College20.09%
Bachelors or Greater10.86%
High School7.83%
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Rutherfordton Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed11.71%
Female Employed10.71%
Male Unemployed
Female Unemployed
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Rutherfordton Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Rutherfordton Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Rutherfordton Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

48.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.7%

Male Marriage Rate

43.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Rutherfordton Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Rutherfordton Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Rutherfordton Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Rutherfordton Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

232

Number of Veterans

225

Male Veterans

7

Female Veterans

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Rutherfordton Veterans by War

count

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Rutherfordton Veterans by Age

count

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Rutherfordton Veterans by Race

Rutherfordton Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

4.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

44.4%

Veteran Disability Rate

Rutherfordton Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

54.1%

Labor Force Participation

51.9%

Employment Rate

4%

Unemployment Rate

Rutherfordton Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Rutherfordton Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Rutherfordton Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

61.62%

Born in Rutherfordton

89.62%

Native Born

10.38%

Foreign Born

4.96%

Non Citizen

5.42%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.62% of Rutherfordton residents were born in the United States, with 61.62% having been born in North Carolina. 4.96% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Rutherfordton Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20293,738120.32%
20283,726120.32%
20273,714120.32%
20263,702120.33%
20253,690120.33%
20243,678120.33%
20233,666120.33%
20223,654120.33%
20213,642
20203,642-448-10.95%
20194,090200.49%
20184,070-6-0.15%
20174,076300.74%
20164,046-30-0.74%
20154,076-25-0.61%
20144,101-3-0.07%
20134,104-45-1.08%
20124,149-19-0.46%
20114,168-10-0.24%
20104,178471.14%
20004,13151414.21%
19903,6171835.33%
19803,4341895.82%
19703,245-147-4.33%
19603,3922467.82%
19503,146
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Rutherfordton Population by Year