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Rutherfordton, North Carolina
"A Minted Original"
Location of Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Location of Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Rutherford
Established 1787
 • Total 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km2)
 • Land 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
965 ft (294 m)
 • Total 4,213
 • Density 990.1/sq mi (382.3/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 of Rutherford County.


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%
Est. 2015 4,182 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,131 people, 1,602 households, and 1,047 families residing in the town. The population density was 990.1 people per square mile (382.5/km²). There were 1,765 housing units at an average density of 423.0 per square mile (163.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 84.17% White, 13.60% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.73% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

There were 1,602 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,941, and the median income for a family was $47,381. Males had a median income of $34,592 versus $23,371 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,742. About 8.8% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.


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.

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