Cities in Rutherford County, North Carolina by Population (2024)

There are 28 cities in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

Note: As defined by the US Census Bureau, a city's official boundaries often extend miles beyond the city itself and may even cross county lines. As such, several thousand US cities officially exist in two or more counties (and therefore appear on multiple counties' lists of cities.)

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2024 Population
2020 Census
Annual Change
Density (mi²)
Area (mi²)
Shelby1North Carolina21,75821,952-0.22%97322.35
Kings Mountain2North Carolina12,09111,1851.91%86114.04
Black Mountain3North Carolina8,5688,4360.39%1,2776.71
Forest City4North Carolina7,3437,373-0.1%8578.57
Marion5North Carolina7,2737,711-1.48%1,2185.97
Swannanoa6North Carolina6,3164,3608.39%9916.38
Spindale7North Carolina4,2564,2200.21%7875.41
Rutherfordton8North Carolina3,6663,6420.16%8854.14
Lake Lure9North Carolina1,3851,3670.36%10513.17
Columbus10North Carolina1,1221,0601.45%2993.76
Montreat11North Carolina891899-0.22%3272.73
West Marion12North Carolina7621,100-9.18%5131.48
Ellenboro13North Carolina7367240.41%5821.26
Kingstown14North Carolina6666600.3%3781.76
Fallston15North Carolina6376270.47%2942.17
Polkville16North Carolina5245160.38%2811.86
Light Oak17North Carolina481873-16.93%3351.44
Lattimore18North Carolina4194050.96%4091.02
Bostic19North Carolina3613550.56%3870.93
Ruth20North Carolina3583460.84%8440.42
Waco21North Carolina3143120.32%3750.84
Caroleen22North Carolina307447-10.23%2771.11
Casar23North Carolina3063040.33%1751.75
Mooresboro24North Carolina3002940.67%1701.77
Glenwood25North Carolina258302-4.09%1601.61
Henrietta26North Carolina237455-17.99%4060.58
Chimney Rock Village27North Carolina1411390.71%423.36
Cliffside28North Carolina141707-50%612.33
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Note: City markers shown outside the county boundary mean that a part of the city extends into this county, but is primarily located in an adjacent county.

What is the largest city in Rutherford County, North Carolina?

Shelby is the largest city in Rutherford County.

What is the smallest city in Rutherford County, North Carolina?

Cliffside is the smallest city in Rutherford County.

How many cities are in Rutherford County?

There are 28 cities in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

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