Rutherfordton, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 4,031 (93% urban, 7% rural).
Population change since 2000: -2.4%
 
Males: 1,708  (42.4%)
Females: 2,323  (57.6%)
Median resident age:

55.1 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 28139.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $45,183 (it was $37,941 in 2000)
Rutherfordton:

$45,183
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $32,968 (it was $21,742 in 2000)

Rutherfordton town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $138,321 (it was $98,200 in 2000)
Rutherfordton:

$138,321
NC:

$171,200

Median gross rent in 2017: $693.

March 2019 cost of living index in Rutherfordton: 79.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 14.8%
(12.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.7% for Black residents, 86.2% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Rutherfordton, NC (2010)
    • 3,50383.1%White alone
    • 43610.3%Black alone
    • 1273.0%Hispanic
    • 681.6%Asian alone
    • 661.6%Two or more races
    • 100.2%American Indian alone
    • 30.07%Other race alone

Races in Rutherfordton detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists, there were 53 registered sex offenders living in Rutherfordton, North Carolina as of November 27, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Rutherfordton is 81 to 1.


Crime rates in Rutherfordton by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(24.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(23.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
N/AN/A
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1
(23.9)
3
(73.3)
1
(24.9)
6
(148.8)
3
(74.1)
3
(70.3)
1
(23.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(24.9)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(48.9)
0
(0.0)
2
(49.6)
0
(0.0)
2
(46.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
18
(430.5)
21
(513.4)
27
(671.8)
17
(421.7)
29
(716.0)
43
(1,008)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
4
(96.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(24.2)
14
(348.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
107
(2,559)
115
(2,812)
124
(3,085)
90
(2,233)
127
(3,136)
97
(2,274)
110
(2,594)
139
(3,305)
136
(3,223)
145
(3,487)
136
(3,259)
142
(3,435)
139
(3,463)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
9
(215.3)
4
(97.8)
3
(74.6)
7
(173.7)
5
(123.5)
2
(46.9)
1
(23.6)
1
(23.8)
1
(23.7)
2
(48.1)
3
(71.9)
3
(72.6)
5
(124.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(24.4)
0
(0.0)
1
(24.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(24.9)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)156.9188.0183.9207.1207.7195.7131.6134.1130.8150.1136.1144.9180.4

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City-data.com crime index in Rutherfordton, NC

Crime rate in Rutherfordton detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 15 (14 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.49
North Carolina average:

2.34
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Ancestries: American (24.0%), Scotch-Irish (13.0%), English (10.9%), German (10.6%), Irish (4.6%), European (3.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 929 feet

Land area: 4.17 square miles.

Population density: 966 people per square mile   (low).

Rutherfordton, North Carolina map

5 residents are foreign born

This town:

0.1%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,331 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,775 (1.0%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Asheville, NC (36.7 miles , pop. 68,889).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (64.7 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (491.4 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Ruth, NC (1.2 miles ),
Spindale, NC (1.4 miles ),
Forest City, NC (2.4 miles ),
Bostic, NC (2.7 miles ),
Caroleen, NC (3.3 miles ),
Ellenboro, NC (3.4 miles ),
Henrietta, NC (3.4 miles ),
Cliffside, NC (3.7 miles )

Latitude: 35.37 N, Longitude: 81.96 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,260 (+55.7%)
Workers who live and work in this town: 392 (23.4%)

Area code: 828

Distribution of median household income in Rutherfordton, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Rutherfordton, NC in 2017

Rutherfordton satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.3%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Historical population in Rutherfordton, NC
Historical housing units in Rutherfordton, NC

Population change in the 1990s: +391 (+10.5%).
Most common industries in Rutherfordton, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (12.8%)
  • Educational services (9.9%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (9.4%)
  • Construction (8.2%)
  • Public administration (3.9%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (3.8%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (3.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (14.4%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (11.6%)
  • Health care (9.7%)
  • Educational services (7.8%)
  • Metal & metal products (3.8%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (3.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (3.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (16.6%)
  • Educational services (12.5%)
  • Public administration (8.6%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (6.6%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (6.1%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (5.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.1%)
Most common occupations in Rutherfordton, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.2%)
  • Accountants and auditors (3.0%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Physicians and surgeons (3.9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.7%)
  • Painters and paperhangers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.9%)
  • Accountants and auditors (5.4%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (3.7%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3.5%)

Average climate in Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Rutherfordton, North Carolina average temperatures Rutherfordton, North Carolina average precipitation Rutherfordton, North Carolina humidity Rutherfordton, North Carolina wind speed Rutherfordton, North Carolina snowfall Rutherfordton, North Carolina sunshine Rutherfordton, North Carolina clear and cloudy days

Rutherfordton, North Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2015 was 64.9. This is about average.

City:

64.9
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2015 was 30.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.4
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2015 was 7.51. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.51
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Rutherfordton-area historical tornado activity is near North Carolina state average. It is 15% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.2 miles away from the Rutherfordton town center killed 2 people and injured 35 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 22.5 miles away from the town center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Rutherfordton-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 107.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 116.6 miles away from Rutherfordton center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 225.0 miles away from Rutherfordton center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 216.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 199.7 miles away from Rutherfordton center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 123.9 miles away from Rutherfordton center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Rutherford County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 3, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rutherfordton topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Rutherfordton:

  • RUTHERFORD HOSPITAL INC (Voluntary non-profit - Private, 288 SOUTH RIDGECREST AVE)
  • VOCA-WOODLAND (123 WOODLAND DR)
  • OAK GROVE HEALTH CARE CENTER (518 OLD US HWY 221)
  • RUTHERFORD NURSING CENTER (TRYON RD BOX 1000)
  • WHITE OAK MANOR - RUTHERFORDTO (188 OSCAR JUSTICE RD)
  • WILLOW RIDGE OF NC LLC (237 TRYON ROAD)

Airports and heliports located in Rutherfordton:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rutherfordton:

  • Isothermal Community College (about 4 miles; Spindale, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,165)
  • Gardner-Webb University (about 19 miles; Boiling Springs, NC; FT enrollment: 4,241)
  • University of South Carolina-Upstate (about 26 miles; Spartanburg, SC; FT enrollment: 4,994)
  • Cleveland Community College (about 28 miles; Shelby, NC; FT enrollment: 2,541)
  • Spartanburg Community College (about 28 miles; Spartanburg, SC; FT enrollment: 4,309)
  • Limestone College (about 28 miles; Gaffney, SC; FT enrollment: 2,758)
  • Western Piedmont Community College (about 30 miles; Morganton, NC; FT enrollment: 2,205)

Public high school in Rutherfordton:

Private high schools in Rutherfordton:

  • ANATH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 35, Location: 217 GILKEY SCHOOL RD, Grades: KG-12)
  • PINE RIDGE MENNONITE SCHOOL (Students: 20, Location: 1010 ELLIOTT RD, Grades: 1-10)

Public elementary/middle schools in Rutherfordton:

Private elementary/middle school in Rutherfordton:

  • TRINITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 90, Location: 299 DETER ST, Grades: KG-8)
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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Rutherfordton: Rutherfordton Golf and Country Club (A), Rutherford County Courthouse (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Rutherfordton include: Trinity Lutheran Church (A), Saint Francis Episcopal Church (B), Green Street Baptist Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Saint Francis Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Stonecutter Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Green River Plantation (Tours & Charters; 6333 Coxe Road).

Hotel: Dogwood Motel (137 W Mountain St).

Courts: Rutherford County Offices - Clerk Of Superior Court- Criminal (229 North Main Street), Rutherford County Offices - Clerk Of Superior Court- Special Proceedings Est (229 North Main Street), Rutherford County Offices - Clerk Of Superior Court- Civil Small Claims Est (229 North Main Street), North Carolina State Government - Superior Court Judge (229 North Main Street), Trial Court Administrator (229 North Main Street), Rutherford County Offices - Clerk Of Superior Court- Child Support Cashier Bookkee (229 North Main Street).

Birthplace of: Gomer Hodge - Baseball player, Betsy Brantley - Actor, Bruce Davis (offensive tackle) - Football player, Garry Hill (baseball) - Major League Baseball pitcher, Sherry Hursey - Actor, Nig Lipscomb - Baseball player.

Rutherford County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Rutherfordton and their reported violations in the past:

MT VIEW BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
GRAYS CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH (Address: GRAYS CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH , Population served: 175, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
SANDY SPRINGS BAPTIST CH (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 6 routine major monitoring violations
GREEN HILL BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 120, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
MOUNTAIN CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 117, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
OAK SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between OCT-2005 and DEC-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-13-2005), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-13-2005), St Compliance achieved (JUN-11-2010), St Intentional no-action (JUN-11-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
WELCOME HOME BAPTIST CHURCH (Address: ATTN DEACON STOTT , Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
NEW HOPE UNITED METHODIST CH (Population served: 80, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Rutherfordton that have no violations reported:

  • WEST POINT BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 150, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PIEDMONT SCOUT RESERVATION NO 2 (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • ZION GROVE AME CHURCH (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 60, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • GREEN RIVER BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 55, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PIEDMONT SCOUT RESERVATION NO 1 (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This town:

2.3 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

62.1%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

4.7%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Rutherfordton in 2010:

  • 161 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 131 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 10 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness

People in group quarters in Rutherfordton in 2000:

  • 158 people in nursing homes
  • 150 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 76 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 13 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Banks with branches in Rutherfordton (2011 data):

  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Rutherfordton Branch at 134 Charlotte Road, branch established on 1930/02/17. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • Fifth Third Bank: Rutherfordton Branch at 112 North Main Street, branch established on 1987/11/27. Info updated 2009/10/05: Bank assets: $114,540.4 mil, Deposits: $89,689.1 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1378 total offices, Holding Company: Fifth Third Bancorp
  • The First National Bank of Shelby: Rutherfordton Office Branch at 116 West Court Street, branch established on 2010/07/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $898.1 mil, Deposits: $666.4 mil, headquarters in Shelby, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 15 total offices
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Rutherfordton Main Branch at 137 Charlotte Road, branch established on 1964/08/01. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • TD Bank, National Association: Rutherfordton Branch at 340 Charlotte Road, branch established on 2002/09/16. Info updated 2010/10/04: Bank assets: $188,912.6 mil, Deposits: $153,149.8 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, 1314 total offices, Holding Company: Toronto-Dominion Bank, The
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Rutherfordton Branch at 507 N. Main Street, branch established on 1991/12/31. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The

For population 15 years and over in Rutherfordton:

Marital status in Rutherfordton, NC
  • Never married: 23.3%
  • Now married: 46.5%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 8.6%
  • Divorced: 20.6%

For population 25 years and over in Rutherfordton:

  • High school or higher: 88.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 30.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.1%
  • Unemployed: 4.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.2
North Carolina average:

11.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Rutherfordton
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Rutherfordton, NC (based on Rutherford County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant39,251133
Mainline Protestant6,64937
Black Protestant3,38721
Catholic8771
Other3962
None17,469-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 17
This county:

2.70 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.64 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
This county:

7.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 46
This county:

7.31 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Rutherford County:

11.0%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.7%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

15.2%
North Carolina:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.4%
North Carolina:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

45.8%
State:

44.6%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.7
State:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

23.1%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

10.8%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Rutherfordton:

33.9%
State:

33.6%

General health condition:
Rutherfordton:

53.8%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

76.6%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Rutherfordton, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 17$42,715$30,1520$0
Police Protection - Officers 14$43,160$36,9940$0
Solid Waste Management 7$14,145$24,2490$0
Firefighters 7$20,391$34,9561$1,016
Other Government Administration 6$9,848$19,6960$0
Local Libraries 3$8,092$32,3680$0
Sewerage 2$4,286$25,7160$0
Financial Administration 2$7,226$43,3560$0
Police - Other 1$2,176$26,1120$0
Parks and Recreation 1$2,520$30,2400$0
Totals for Government 60$154,559$30,9121$1,016

Rutherfordton government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $287,000 ($71.20)
    Parks and Recreation: $9,000 ($2.23)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $892,000 ($221.29)
    Liquor Stores: $811,000 ($201.19)
    Solid Waste Management: $706,000 ($175.14)
    Local Fire Protection: $452,000 ($112.13)
    Sewerage: $385,000 ($95.51)
    Financial Administration: $360,000 ($89.31)
    Water Utilities: $257,000 ($63.76)
    Libraries: $144,000 ($35.72)
    Housing and Community Development: $111,000 ($27.54)
    Parks and Recreation: $63,000 ($15.63)
    Regular Highways: $58,000 ($14.39)
    General - Other: $53,000 ($13.15)
    Central Staff Services: $45,000 ($11.16)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $24,000 ($5.95)
    Health - Other: $4,000 ($0.99)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,000 ($0.99)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Solid Waste Management: $73,000 ($18.11)
    Other - Health - Other: $4,000 ($0.99)
    Other - General - Other: $2,000 ($0.50)
  • Intergovernmental to State - Sewerage: $6,000 ($1.49)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($0.25)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $66,000 ($16.37)
    Police Protection: $33,000 ($8.19)
    Local Fire Protection: $20,000 ($4.96)
    Regular Highways: $4,000 ($0.99)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $226,000 ($56.07)

Rutherfordton government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $410,000 ($101.71)
    Other: $253,000 ($62.76)
    Solid Waste Management: $23,000 ($5.71)
    Parks and Recreation: $22,000 ($5.46)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $2,000 ($0.50)
    Parking Facilities: $1,000 ($0.25)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $2,000 ($0.50)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $8,000 ($1.98)
    Other: $3,000 ($0.74)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $41,000 ($10.17)
    General Revenue - Other: $27,000 ($6.70)
    Donations From Private Sources: $17,000 ($4.22)
    Sale of Property: $8,000 ($1.98)
    Rents: $3,000 ($0.74)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $856,000 ($212.35)
    Water Utilities: $274,000 ($67.97)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $536,000 ($132.97)
    Highways: $136,000 ($33.74)
  • Tax - Property: $1,641,000 ($407.10)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $541,000 ($134.21)
    Other License: $64,000 ($15.88)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $27,000 ($6.70)
    Motor Vehicle License: $2,000 ($0.50)

Rutherfordton government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $815,000 ($202.18)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $521,000 ($129.25)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $294,000 ($72.93)

Rutherfordton government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,154,000 ($534.36)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $355,000 ($88.07)

4.73% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($44,493 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.73%
North Carolina average:

7.88%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Cleveland County, NC  0.67% ($37,154 average AGI)
from Buncombe County, NC  0.23% ($31,854)
from Henderson County, NC  0.23% ($35,958)


4.47% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($39,786 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.47%
North Carolina average:

7.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Cleveland County, NC  0.69% ($30,238 average AGI)
to Spartanburg County, SC  0.33% ($42,486)
to Mecklenburg County, NC  0.23% ($14,646)
Businesses in Rutherfordton, NC
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Lane Furniture1
CVS1Rite Aid1
Domino's Pizza1U-Haul1
FedEx1U.S. Cellular1
GNC1UPS4
KFC1Waffle House1

Strongest AM radio stations in Rutherfordton:

  • WWOL (780 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: HOLLY SPRINGS BAPTIST BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WGMA (1520 AM; daytime; 1 kW; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: MOONGLOW BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCAB (590 AM; 1 kW; RUTHERFORDTON, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WAGY (1320 AM; 1 kW; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: WAGY, INC.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WJFJ (1160 AM; 10 kW; TRYON, NC; Owner: COLUMBUS BROADCAST CORPORATION, INC.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WBCU (1460 AM; 50 kW; UNION, SC)
  • WKJV (1380 AM; 25 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST OUTREACH MISSIONS)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WWRN (1350 AM; 10 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLACK MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rutherfordton:

  • WAGI-FM (105.3 FM; GAFFNEY, SC; Owner: GAFFNEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTPT (93.3 FM; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: UPSTATE BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WSPA-FM (98.9 FM; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WFBC-FM (93.7 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WQNQ (104.3 FM; OLD FORT, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMYI (102.5 FM; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WESC-FM (92.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W220CD (91.9 FM; ENKA, NC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WSSL-FM (100.5 FM; GRAY COURT, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBAV-FM (101.9 FM; GASTONIA, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WYFG (91.1 FM; GAFFNEY, SC; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WPEG (97.9 FM; CONCORD, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WLNK (107.9 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WNKS (95.1 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WLYT (102.9 FM; HICKORY, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMUU-FM (94.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WMUU, INC.)
  • W237AR (95.3 FM; HAZELWOOD, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)

TV broadcast stations around Rutherfordton:

  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WBTV (Channel 3; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS/WBTV, INC.)
  • WCNC-TV (Channel 36; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: WCNC-TV, INC.)
  • WJZY (Channel 46; BELMONT, NC; Owner: WJZY-TV, INC.)
  • WWWB (Channel 55; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: WWWB-TV, INC.)
  • WHNS (Channel 21; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • WSQY-LP (Channel 66; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ASHEVILLE MEDIA GROUP, LLC)
  • WSPA-TV (Channel 7; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WRET-TV (Channel 49; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WYFF (Channel 4; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
Rutherfordton fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Rutherfordton fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 46Number of bridges
  • 515ft / 157mTotal length
  • 105,510Total average daily traffic
  • 10,871Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Rutherfordton, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21930-1939
  • 51950-1959
  • 121960-1969
  • 41970-1979
  • 51980-1989
  • 131990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 42010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Rutherfordton, NC
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Rutherfordton)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 52 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 19 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Rutherfordton, NC)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 112 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Rutherfordton)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 8 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Rutherfordton)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 32 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 92. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 158 took place in 2007, and the least - 10 in 2003. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Rutherfordton, NC When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (44.4%), and Outside Fires (38.5%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Rutherfordton, NC
    • 65644.4%Structure Fires
    • 56938.5%Outside Fires
    • 15110.2%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 1026.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Rutherfordton, NC
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Rutherfordton, NC
  • 51.5%Electricity
  • 35.6%Utility gas
  • 7.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 5.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Rutherfordton, NC
  • 65.3%Electricity
  • 21.8%Utility gas
  • 6.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.9%No fuel used
  • 2.0%Wood


Rutherfordton compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Rutherfordton on our top lists:

  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped (population 1,000+)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
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