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Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Main Street (US 221)
Main Street (US 221)
"A Minted Original"
Location of Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Location of Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Rutherford
Established 1787
Named for Griffith Rutherford
 • Total 4.12 sq mi (10.67 km2)
 • Land 4.12 sq mi (10.67 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
965 ft (294 m)
 • Total 4,213
 • Estimate 
 • Density 991.99/sq mi (383.03/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-58460
GNIS feature ID 1022450

Rutherfordton is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 4,213 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.


The town has many historical places that have been registered on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Bechtler Mint Site, Carrier Houses, Fox Haven Plantation, Gilbert Town Historic District, George W. Logan House, Main Street Historic District, Rutherford County Courthouse, Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High School, St. Luke's Chapel, and Trinity Lutheran Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Rutherfordton is located at 35°21′59″N 81°57′32″W / 35.36639°N 81.95889°W / 35.36639; -81.95889 (35.366306, -81.959024).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.8 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 484
1870 479
1880 300 −37.4%
1900 880
1910 1,062 20.7%
1920 1,693 59.4%
1930 2,020 19.3%
1940 2,326 15.1%
1950 3,146 35.3%
1960 3,392 7.8%
1970 3,245 −4.3%
1980 3,434 5.8%
1990 3,617 5.3%
2000 4,131 14.2%
2010 4,213 2.0%
2019 (est.) 4,087 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Rutherfordton racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,853 78.38%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 352 9.67%
Native American 12 0.33%
Asian 52 1.43%
Pacific Islander 1 0.03%
Other/Mixed 176 4.84%
Hispanic or Latino 194 5.33%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,640 people, 1,882 households, and 893 families residing in the town.


KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum, is located at 172 N. Main Street, in historic downtown Rutherfordton. The museum features over 40 interactive exhibits in a 10,000 square-foot space. The museum occupies a building that was previously a "Five and Dime" store in the late 1920s and a car dealership in the 1960s. In addition to exhibits, the museum offers public events, field trip program experiences, and "Science on the Move" outreach programming. Opening in October 2005, the museum has had upwards of 300,000 visitors.


Rutherford Regional Medical Center operates a museum that is free of charge, displaying historical medical equipment, attire and photographs documenting the history of the hospital. The museum opened its doors in 2005.

Camp Bud Scheile, a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) resident camp Of the Piedmont Council, is located on 663 Boy Scout Road in Rutherfordton.

Notable people

  • Betsy Brantley, actress
  • William T. Carpenter, psychiatrist who served as an expert witness in the trial of John W. Hinckley
  • Walter H. Dalton, former Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
  • Bruce Davis, former National Football League offensive tackle
  • Gomer Hodge, former Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager
  • Sherry Hursey, actress
  • Tom Wright, former Major League Baseball outfielder
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