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Rutherford County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2017: 66,551 (39% urban, 61% rural); it was 62,899 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 11,263
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 8,506
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 18,767
Renter-occupied apartments: 7,697 (it was 6,424 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

33%

Land area: 564 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 118 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Rutherford County: 80.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (19.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (15.9%), Construction (12.8%), Educational, health and social services (10.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 69%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 27%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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  • Races in Rutherford County, NC (2017)
    • 56,24489.4%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 6,81910.8%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,8814.6%Hispanic or Latino
    • 9481.5%Two or more races
    • 3350.5%Asian alone
    • 3300.5%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 160.03%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 70.01%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

45.2 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years
Males: 32,444  (48.8%)
Females: 34,107  (51.2%)
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Average household size:
Rutherford County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $40,570 ($31,122 in 1999)
This county:

$40,570
North Carolina:

$52,752

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $412 (lower quartile is $357, upper quartile is $484)
This county:

$412
State:

$698


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $124,500 (it was $71,300 in 2000)
Rutherford:

$124,500
North Carolina:

$171,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $68,600 - $207,600
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,017
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $283

Institutionalized population: 961

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 6
  • Rapes: 8
  • Robberies: 18
  • Assaults: 78
  • Burglaries: 469
  • Thefts: 483
  • Auto thefts: 84

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 15
  • Robberies: 22
  • Assaults: 105
  • Burglaries: 465
  • Thefts: 630
  • Auto thefts: 137
Rutherford County, NC map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 254 buildings, average cost: $97,900
  • 1998: 284 buildings, average cost: $101,800
  • 1999: 315 buildings, average cost: $101,100
  • 2000: 280 buildings, average cost: $104,500
  • 2001: 293 buildings, average cost: $121,600
  • 2002: 318 buildings, average cost: $126,400
  • 2003: 292 buildings, average cost: $134,100
  • 2004: 332 buildings, average cost: $137,400
  • 2005: 399 buildings, average cost: $140,800
  • 2006: 441 buildings, average cost: $151,100
  • 2007: 358 buildings, average cost: $154,800
  • 2008: 237 buildings, average cost: $182,000
  • 2009: 113 buildings, average cost: $186,200
  • 2010: 111 buildings, average cost: $185,600
  • 2011: 93 buildings, average cost: $190,100
  • 2012: 100 buildings, average cost: $163,700
  • 2013: 148 buildings, average cost: $162,600
  • 2014: 83 buildings, average cost: $209,200
  • 2015: 106 buildings, average cost: $205,300
  • 2016: 122 buildings, average cost: $233,700
  • 2017: 131 buildings, average cost: $208,500
Number of permits per 10,000 Rutherford, NC residents
Average permit cost in Rutherford, NC
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $975 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $778 (0.8%)

Distribution of median household income in Rutherford, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Rutherford, NC in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Rutherford, NC in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 12.9%
Rutherford County:

12.9%
North Carolina:

14.7%
(12.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.9% for Black residents, 32.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 7.6% for American Indian residents, 63.2% for other race residents, 20.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 45.2 years old
(Males: 43.0 years old, Females: 46.4 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47.1 years old, Black residents: 45.4 years old, American Indian residents: 44.3 years old, Asian residents: 40.5 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23.9 years old, Other race residents: 11.6 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Rutherford County is $458 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $560 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $670 a month.

Cities in this county include: Forest City, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Lake Lure, Caroleen, Cliffside, Ellenboro, Henrietta, Ruth, Bostic.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Rutherford County: Millers Crossing (A), Camp Carver (B), Camp Wacoboc (C), Newsom (D), Camp Jubilee (E), Camp Eagles West (F), Jordans Store (G), Thornton Store (H), Tuscarora Camp (I), Dennis Best Lots (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Rutherford County include: Church on the Rock (A), Fellowship Baptist Church (B), Rosewood Worship Center (C), Rosewood First Baptist Church (D), Hill Chapel (E), Holly Green Church (F), Hooks Grove Church (G), Johnson Chapel (H), Jones Grove Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Wayne Memorial Park (1), Edgerton Cemetery (2), Carver Memorial Park (3), Old Mill Cemetery (4), Pine View Cemetery (5), Price Cemetery (6), Pikesville Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: McArthur Lake (A), Cedar Lake (B), Quaker Neck Lake (C), Bear Creek W/S Lake Number Thirteen (D), Cogdells Pond (E), Williams Millpond (F), Sleepy Creek Lake Lower (G), Sleepy Creek Lake Upper (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Edwards Branch (A), Carraway Creek (B), Dennis Branch (C), Charles Branch (D), Long Branch (E), Granny Branch (F), Buck Meadow Branch (G), Jimmy Prong (H), Stoney Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Rutherford County: Cliffs of the Neuse State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: San Miguel County, New Mexico , Logan County, Arkansas , Spartanburg County, South Carolina , Lewis County, Tennessee , Yell County, Arkansas , Van Buren County, Tennessee .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.3%
North Carolina:

4.1%

Unemployment by year in Rutherford, NC
County total employment by year in Rutherford, NC
County average yearly wages by year in Rutherford, NC

Current college students: 2,368
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 19.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,331 (49.7% naturalized citizens)

Rutherford County:

2.0%
Whole state:

8.1%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1002010 or later
  • 4782000 to 2009
  • 4891990 to 1999
  • 2131980 to 1989
  • 901970 to 1979
  • 170Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 78.8%

Rutherford County marital status for males Rutherford County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 25,251
  • One, attached: 235
  • Two: 103
  • 3 or 4: 1,189
  • 5 to 9: 650
  • 10 to 19: 458
  • 20 or more: 39
  • Mobile homes: 6,396
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 74

Housing units in Rutherford County with a mortgage: 8,557 (210 second mortgage, 920 home equity loan, 81 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 10,049

Here:

44.4% with mortgage
State:

63.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Rutherford County

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-
Rutherford County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 17
Rutherford County:

2.70 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

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
Rutherford County:

7.63 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 46
This county:

7.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Rutherford County:

11.0%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Rutherford County:

27.7%
State:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.2%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Rutherford County:

Average size of farms: 104 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $14,096
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $120.48
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 4.21%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 80.06%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $24,439
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 22.46%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.89%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $35,195
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.33%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 15.96
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.66%
Corn for grain: 283 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 354 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 412 harvested acres
Vegetables: 196 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 15 acres

Tornado activity:

Rutherford County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below North Carolina state average. It is 2335215.3 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 3 fatalities and 255 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 3/28/1984, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 3 people and injured 149 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Rutherford County-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 108.2 miles away from Rutherford County center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 118.3 miles away from the county 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 225.8 miles away from the county 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 218.4 miles away from the county center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 198.8 miles away from Rutherford County center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 123.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • North Carolina Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3222: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3222, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Hurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 23, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1553: September 18, 2004, FEMA Id: 1553, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Tropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 07, 2004 to September 12, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1546: September 10, 2004, FEMA Id: 1546, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • North Carolina Severe Ice Storm, Incident Period: December 04, 2002 to December 06, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1448: December 12, 2002, FEMA Id: 1448, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • North Carolina Hurricane Fran, Incident Period: September 05, 1996 to October 21, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1134: September 06, 1996, FEMA Id: 1134, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 02, 1996 to February 09, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1103: February 23, 1996, FEMA Id: 1103, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • North Carolina Blizzard, Incident Period: January 06, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1087: January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: 1087, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • North Carolina Severe Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared EM-3110: March 17, 1993, FEMA Id: 3110, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • North Carolina TORNADOES, Incident Period: May 05, 1989 to May 06, 1989, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-827: May 17, 1989, FEMA Id: 827, Natural disaster type: Tornado
  • North Carolina SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: November 09, 1977, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-542: November 09, 1977, FEMA Id: 542, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 1 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

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).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Rutherford

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 17,529 (81.3%)
  • Carpooled: 2,286 (10.6%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 19 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 282 (1.3%)
  • Walked: 318 (1.5%)
  • Worked at home: 1,085 (5.0%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Manufacturing (16%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Production occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (14%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Sales and related occupations (15%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (14%)
  • Production occupations (13%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (12%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (30%)
  • Canada (11%)
  • Colombia (9%)
  • Nicaragua (9%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • Vietnam (5%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Rutherford County


  • American (28%)
  • English (9%)
  • European (6%)
  • German (6%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • Scotch-Irish (5%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Rutherford County, North Carolina in 2000:

  • 925 people in nursing homes
  • 207 people in state prisons
  • 150 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 76 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 67 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 51 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 13 people in other group homes
  • 12 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 11 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 9 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 6 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 5 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children

People in group quarters in Rutherford County, North Carolina in 2010:

  • 546 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 237 people in state prisons
  • 161 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 131 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 56 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 39 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 26 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 14 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 10 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 2 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $45,647.

4.73% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($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.
2.54% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($23,228 average AGI)
2.19% relocated from other states ($21,265 average AGI)
Rutherford County:

2.19%
North Carolina average:

3.75%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
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)
from Polk County, NC  0.22% ($43,745)
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.18% ($42,641)
from Spartanburg County, SC  0.18% ($32,974)
from McDowell County, NC  0.15% ($27,594)


4.47% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($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.
2.60% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($21,689 average AGI)
1.88% relocated to other states ($18,097 average AGI)
Rutherford County:

1.88%
North Carolina average:

3.07%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
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)
to Buncombe County, NC  0.21% ($41,977)
to Polk County, NC  0.20% ($27,814)
to Henderson County, NC  0.18% ($67,158)
to Burke County, NC  0.17% ($34,611)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.5

Births per 1000 population in Rutherford County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Rutherford County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.8

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Rutherford County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 18.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Rutherford County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Rutherford County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Rutherford County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Rutherford County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Rutherford County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Rutherford County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 13,207 (10,254 aged, 2,953 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,752 (12%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Rutherford County, North Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (797)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (770)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (742)
  • Unspecified dementia (582)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (550)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (471)
  • Generalized and unspecified atherosclerosis (393)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (326)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (288)
  • Chronic ischaemic heart disease, unspecified (265)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.57
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9,641
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 225
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 54,574

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,222
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,259
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 3

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 21
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 67

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 95.3. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 56.7
  • Other - 38.6

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 186.1. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 140.7
  • Other - 45.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 66,551
  • In family households: 53,665 (8,420 male householders, 8,023 female householders)
    13,301 spouses, 17,899 children (16,714 natural, 250 adopted, 935 stepchildren), 1,950 grandchildren, 98 brothers or sisters, 1,284 parents, 958 other relatives, 1,732 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 11,669 (4,608 male householders (3,953 living alone)), 5,357 female householders (5,054 living alone)), 1,704 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,217

Size of family households: 9,034 2-persons, 2,957 3-persons, 2,893 4-persons, 1,093 5-persons, 282 6-persons, 184 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 9,007 1-person, 873 2-persons, 60 4-persons, 25 5-persons.

9,240 married couples with children.
2,744 single-parent households (500 men, 2,244 women).

95.9% of residents of Rutherford speak English at home.
2.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (60% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (79% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (49% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 21% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (71% speak English very well, 29% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $335,194,000 ($5,273 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $9,895,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $171,676,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $65,643,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,862,000
Federal grants: $82,922,000
Federal procurement contracts: $4,455,000 ($2,556,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $7,637,000 ($292,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $10,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $12,584,000
Federal Government insurance: $8,404,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 4,169
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 3,901
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +150
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +523
Here:

+8 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Rutherford County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 11.62 millions of gallons per day (4% from ground, 96% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

4.5

Year house built in Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • Year house built in Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • 5462014 or later
  • 5372010 to 2013
  • 4,1342000 to 2009
  • 5,2761990 to 1999
  • 6,1961980 to 1989
  • 4,6561970 to 1979
  • 3,7671960 to 1969
  • 3,6641950 to 1959
  • 2,8401940 to 1949
  • 2,7791939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Rutherford County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • 01 room
  • 1652 rooms
  • 4693 rooms
  • 1,2474 rooms
  • 5,1965 rooms
  • 3,4276 rooms
  • 3,8797 rooms
  • 2,0078 rooms
  • 2,2169+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • 6231 room
  • 1262 rooms
  • 2883 rooms
  • 1,3434 rooms
  • 2,8395 rooms
  • 2,0306 rooms
  • 2927 rooms
  • 868 rooms
  • 1759+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Rutherford County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • 0no bedroom
  • 3611 bedroom
  • 4,4532 bedrooms
  • 10,5353 bedrooms
  • 2,8274 bedrooms
  • 4305+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • 623no bedroom
  • 3951 bedroom
  • 2,9332 bedrooms
  • 3,5953 bedrooms
  • 2494 bedrooms
  • 75+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Rutherford County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Rutherford County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Rutherford County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 702no vehicle
  • 4,5401 vehicle
  • 6,9242 vehicles
  • 3,8373 vehicles
  • 1,9004 vehicles
  • 7035+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Rutherford County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Rutherford County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 977no vehicle
  • 3,0681 vehicle
  • 2,9292 vehicles
  • 6443 vehicles
  • 1594 vehicles
  • 255+ vehicles

90.4% of Rutherford County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 54% lived in North Carolina.

Rutherford County:

90.4%
State average:

85.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 46,180
  • Other state: 18,745
  • Northeast: 3,672
  • Midwest: 3,124
  • South: 10,765
  • West: 1,184
Year householders moved into unit in Rutherford County, NC
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Rutherford County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 67.7%Electricity
  • 11.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 8.4%Utility gas
  • 5.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 5.6%Wood
  • 0.6%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 73.0%Electricity
  • 11.3%Utility gas
  • 5.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 5.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.1%Wood
  • 0.7%Coal or coke
  • 0.7%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 474
Here:

7.6%
North Carolina:

10.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 289
Here:

7.2%
North Carolina:

10.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 330
Here:

14.6%
North Carolina:

17.9%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Rutherford County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $5,806,000
  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,786,000
    Hospital Public: $2,887,000
    Other: $2,322,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $1,508,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $1,340,000
    Higher Education - Other: $858,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $483,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $252,000
    Parks and Recreation: $17,000
  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $3,936,000
    Other Higher Education: $1,529,000
    Health - Other: $579,000
    Libraries: $525,000
    General Public Buildings: $191,000
    Higher Education - Auxiliary Enterprises: $135,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $38,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $36,000
    Financial Administration: $1,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $78,959,000
    Other Higher Education: $18,715,000
    Health - Other: $11,612,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $8,515,000
    Police Protection: $7,511,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,237,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,502,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,787,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,598,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $1,925,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,874,000
    Financial Administration: $1,845,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,572,000
    General - Other: $1,090,000
    Libraries: $614,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $392,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $237,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $136,000
    Sewerage: $6,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $6,294,000
    Education: $3,915,000
    Other: $162,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,405,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $135,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $3,611,000
    Public Welfare: $2,056,000
    Health and Hospitals: $862,000
    Other: $12,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $40,463,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $35,958,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,505,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $3,223,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,279,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $364,000
    Rents: $320,000
    Sale of Property: $133,000
    Interest Earnings: $72,000
    Royalties: $12,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $426,000
    Other Higher Education: $343,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $303,000
    Central Staff Services: $253,000
    Financial Administration: $153,000
    Health - Other: $106,000
    Libraries: $83,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $83,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $54,000
    General - Other: $38,000
    General Public Building: $36,000
    Housing and Community Development: $23,000
    Higher Education - Auxiliary Enterprises: $8,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $26,623,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $73,486,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,806,000
    Public Welfare: $2,128,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,050,000
    Other: $833,000
    General Local Government Support: $180,000
  • Tax - Property: $41,009,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $11,123,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $494,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $219,000
    Other License: $152,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $21,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $152,877,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $110,000

Rutherford County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $5,806,000
  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,786,000
    Hospital Public: $2,887,000
    Other: $2,322,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $1,508,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $1,340,000
    Higher Education - Other: $858,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $483,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $252,000
    Parks and Recreation: $17,000
  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $3,936,000
    Other Higher Education: $1,529,000
    Health - Other: $579,000
    Libraries: $525,000
    General Public Buildings: $191,000
    Higher Education - Auxiliary Enterprises: $135,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $38,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $36,000
    Financial Administration: $1,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $78,959,000
    Other Higher Education: $18,715,000
    Health - Other: $11,612,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $8,515,000
    Police Protection: $7,511,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,237,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,502,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,787,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,598,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $1,925,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,874,000
    Financial Administration: $1,845,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,572,000
    General - Other: $1,090,000
    Libraries: $614,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $392,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $237,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $136,000
    Sewerage: $6,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $6,294,000
    Education: $3,915,000
    Other: $162,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,405,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $135,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $3,611,000
    Public Welfare: $2,056,000
    Health and Hospitals: $862,000
    Other: $12,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $40,463,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $35,958,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,505,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $3,223,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,279,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $364,000
    Rents: $320,000
    Sale of Property: $133,000
    Interest Earnings: $72,000
    Royalties: $12,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $426,000
    Other Higher Education: $343,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $303,000
    Central Staff Services: $253,000
    Financial Administration: $153,000
    Health - Other: $106,000
    Libraries: $83,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $83,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $54,000
    General - Other: $38,000
    General Public Building: $36,000
    Housing and Community Development: $23,000
    Higher Education - Auxiliary Enterprises: $8,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $26,623,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $73,486,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,806,000
    Public Welfare: $2,128,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,050,000
    Other: $833,000
    General Local Government Support: $180,000
  • Tax - Property: $41,009,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $11,123,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $494,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $219,000
    Other License: $152,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $21,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $152,877,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $110,000

Rutherford County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $5,806,000
  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,786,000
    Hospital Public: $2,887,000
    Other: $2,322,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $1,508,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $1,340,000
    Higher Education - Other: $858,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $483,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $252,000
    Parks and Recreation: $17,000
  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $3,936,000
    Other Higher Education: $1,529,000
    Health - Other: $579,000
    Libraries: $525,000
    General Public Buildings: $191,000
    Higher Education - Auxiliary Enterprises: $135,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $38,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $36,000
    Financial Administration: $1,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $78,959,000
    Other Higher Education: $18,715,000
    Health - Other: $11,612,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $8,515,000
    Police Protection: $7,511,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,237,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,502,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,787,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,598,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $1,925,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,874,000
    Financial Administration: $1,845,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,572,000
    General - Other: $1,090,000
    Libraries: $614,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $392,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $237,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $136,000
    Sewerage: $6,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $6,294,000
    Education: $3,915,000
    Other: $162,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,405,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $135,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $3,611,000
    Public Welfare: $2,056,000
    Health and Hospitals: $862,000
    Other: $12,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $40,463,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $35,958,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,505,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $3,223,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,279,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $364,000
    Rents: $320,000
    Sale of Property: $133,000
    Interest Earnings: $72,000
    Royalties: $12,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $426,000
    Other Higher Education: $343,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $303,000
    Central Staff Services: $253,000
    Financial Administration: $153,000
    Health - Other: $106,000
    Libraries: $83,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $83,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $54,000
    General - Other: $38,000
    General Public Building: $36,000
    Housing and Community Development: $23,000
    Higher Education - Auxiliary Enterprises: $8,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $26,623,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $73,486,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,806,000
    Public Welfare: $2,128,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,050,000
    Other: $833,000
    General Local Government Support: $180,000
  • Tax - Property: $41,009,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $11,123,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $494,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $219,000
    Other License: $152,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $21,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $152,877,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $110,000

Rutherford County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $5,806,000
  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,786,000
    Hospital Public: $2,887,000
    Other: $2,322,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $1,508,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $1,340,000
    Higher Education - Other: $858,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $483,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $252,000
    Parks and Recreation: $17,000
  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $3,936,000
    Other Higher Education: $1,529,000
    Health - Other: $579,000
    Libraries: $525,000
    General Public Buildings: $191,000
    Higher Education - Auxiliary Enterprises: $135,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $38,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $36,000
    Financial Administration: $1,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $78,959,000
    Other Higher Education: $18,715,000
    Health - Other: $11,612,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $8,515,000
    Police Protection: $7,511,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,237,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,502,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,787,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,598,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $1,925,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,874,000
    Financial Administration: $1,845,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,572,000
    General - Other: $1,090,000
    Libraries: $614,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $392,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $237,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $136,000
    Sewerage: $6,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $6,294,000
    Education: $3,915,000
    Other: $162,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,405,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $135,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $3,611,000
    Public Welfare: $2,056,000
    Health and Hospitals: $862,000
    Other: $12,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $40,463,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $35,958,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,505,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $3,223,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,279,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $364,000
    Rents: $320,000
    Sale of Property: $133,000
    Interest Earnings: $72,000
    Royalties: $12,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $426,000
    Other Higher Education: $343,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $303,000
    Central Staff Services: $253,000
    Financial Administration: $153,000
    Health - Other: $106,000
    Libraries: $83,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $83,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $54,000
    General - Other: $38,000
    General Public Building: $36,000
    Housing and Community Development: $23,000
    Higher Education - Auxiliary Enterprises: $8,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $26,623,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $73,486,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,806,000
    Public Welfare: $2,128,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,050,000
    Other: $833,000
    General Local Government Support: $180,000
  • Tax - Property: $41,009,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $11,123,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $494,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $219,000
    Other License: $152,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $21,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $152,877,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $110,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,749
  • Number of aged recipients: 170
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,579
  • Number of recipients under 18: 238
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,118
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 393
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 737
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 724
Most common first names in Rutherford County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James58372.1 years
William48474.2 years
Mary44378.3 years
John39675.2 years
Robert27470.7 years
Charles25771.8 years
George22075.4 years
Annie17081.7 years
Thomas14772.3 years
Ruth12578.0 years
Most common last names in Rutherford County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith23675.3 years
Jones19376.4 years
Greene16975.1 years
Davis16175.6 years
Walker13878.6 years
Logan13473.6 years
Miller13177.7 years
Moore12573.6 years
Harris12475.8 years
Hamrick12076.3 years
Businesses in Rutherford County, NC
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1MasterBrand Cabinets7
Ace Hardware1McDonald's3
Advance Auto Parts2New Balance1
Arby's1Nike2
AutoZone1Nissan1
Burger King1Papa John's Pizza1
CVS1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1Quality1
Curves1Quiznos1
Decora Cabinetry2RadioShack1
Dennys1Ramada1
Domino's Pizza2Rite Aid1
Dunkin Donuts1Ryan's Grill1
FedEx6SAS Shoes1
Ford1SONIC Drive-In1
GNC1Staples1
GameStop1T-Mobile2
H&R Block2T.J.Maxx1
Holiday Inn1Taco Bell1
Honda1Tire Kingdom1
Howard Johnson1U-Haul3
KFC2U.S. Cellular2
Kincaid2UPS11
La-Z-Boy1Verizon Wireless1
Lane Furniture2Waffle House2
Long John Silver's1Walmart1
Lowe's1Wendy's1

Rutherford County on our top lists:

  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (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"