Rutherford County, North Carolina Population 2024

65,653

Rutherford County, North Carolina's estimated 2024 population is 65,653 with a growth rate of 0.53% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Rutherford County, North Carolina is the 44th largest county in North Carolina. The 2010 population was 67,739 and has seen a growth of -3.08% since that time.

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202967,3783450.51%
202867,0333450.52%
202766,6883450.52%
202666,3433450.52%
202565,9983450.53%
202465,6533450.53%
202365,3083450.53%
202264,9633450.53%
202164,6181390.22%
202064,479-2,552-3.81%
201967,0313100.46%
201866,7211630.24%
201766,5582400.36%
201666,318-90-0.14%
201566,408-179-0.27%
201466,587-279-0.42%
201366,866-361-0.54%
201267,227-197-0.29%
201167,424-315-0.47%
201067,739
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%
189018,7703,57223.5%
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%
17907,808-59,570-88.41%
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2024 Growth Rate
0.53% (345)
County Website
Rutherford County
County Seat
2010 Population
67,739
Area
564 mi²
Density
116 people/mi²
Growth Since 2010
-3.08% (-2,086)
Founded
1779

Rutherford County, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White54,23583.85%
Black or African American5,5858.63%
Two or more races2,8494.4%
Other race1,5322.37%
Asian3510.54%
Native American1220.19%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander60.01%
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White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Rutherford County, North Carolina Population by Race

Rutherford County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2024

Rutherford County, North Carolina Median Age

44.9

Total

43.7

Male

46.4

Female

Rutherford County, North Carolina Adults

There are 51,608 adults, (14,044 of whom are seniors) in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

Rutherford County, North Carolina Age Dependency

72.2

Age Dependency Ratio

37.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Rutherford County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female33,17751.29%
Male31,50348.71%

Rutherford County, North Carolina Population by Age

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

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All26,2732.4173.326.7
Married12,1762.9886.813.2
Non Family9,2041.1965.634.4
Female3,1153.2948.551.5
Male1,7783.3264.935.1
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2.98

Average Family Size

2.41

Average Household Size

73.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Rutherford County, North Carolina 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

Rutherford County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Rutherford County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 83.33%.

Rutherford County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$36,998

Average Earnings

$44,511

Average Male

$28,935

Average Female

Rutherford County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

Rutherford County, North Carolina Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Rutherford County, North Carolina Language

94.85% of Rutherford County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 5.15% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.05% of the population.

Rutherford County, North Carolina Language

Rutherford County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White52,1407,77614.91%
Black5,2962,45946.43%
Multiple2,83578027.51%
Hispanic3,19660618.96%
Other1,48326517.87%
Asian3366920.54%
Native1144035.09%
Islander6116.67%
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18.38%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.88%

Male Poverty Rate

20.72%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Rutherford County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Rutherford County, North Carolina is Black, with 46.43% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Rutherford County, North Carolina is White, with 14.91% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.23%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.97%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.98%.

Rutherford County, North Carolina Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.45%
High School20.15%
Some College13.37%
Bachelors or Greater8.27%
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Rutherford County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed28.63%
Male Unemployed18.3%
Female Employed11.2%
Male Employed5.96%
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Rutherford County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Rutherford County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Rutherford County, North Carolina Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

48.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.2%

Male Marriage Rate

46.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Rutherford County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Rutherford County, North Carolina Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Rutherford County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Rutherford County, North Carolina Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

4,176

Number of Veterans

3,730

Male Veterans

446

Female Veterans

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Rutherford County, North Carolina Veterans by War

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Rutherford County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

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Rutherford County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Rutherford County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

8.04%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.89%

Veteran Disability Rate

Rutherford County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

53.3%

Labor Force Participation

50.1%

Employment Rate

6%

Unemployment Rate

Rutherford County, North Carolina Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Rutherford County, North Carolina Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Rutherford County, North Carolina 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

66.93%

Born in Rutherford County, North Carolina

96.96%

Native Born

3.04%

Foreign Born

1.34%

Non Citizen

1.7%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.96% of Rutherford County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 66.93% having been born in North Carolina. 1.34% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Rutherford County, North Carolina Place of Birth

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