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Rutherford County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2010, the population was 67,810. Its county seat is Rutherfordton.
Downtown Rutherfordton, NC
The county was formed in 1779 from the western part of the former Tryon County. It was named for Griffith Rutherford, leader of an expedition against the Cherokee in 1776 and a general in the American Revolutionary War.
In 1791 parts of Rutherford County and Burke County were combined to form Buncombe County. In 1841 parts of Rutherford County and Lincoln County were combined to form Cleveland County. In 1842 additional parts of Rutherford County and Burke County were combined to form McDowell County. Finally, in 1855 parts of Rutherford County and Henderson County were combined to form Polk County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 566 square miles, of which, 564 square miles of it is land and 2 square miles of it is water.
The county is divided into fourteen townships: Camp Creek, Chimney Rock, Colfax, Cool Springs, Duncans Creek, Gilkey, Golden Valley, Green Hill, High Shoals, Logan Store, Morgan, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Sulphur Springs, and Union
- Chimney Rock
- Forest City
- Lake Lure
As of the census of 2010, there were 67,810 people, 26,352 households residing in the county out of which 6.1% had children under the age of 5, 23.0% had children under the age of 18 and 17.3% were over the age of 65. The average persons per household was 2.34. The population density was 120 per square mile. There were 32,363 housing units at an average density of 57 per square mile.
- White persons - 85.9%
- Black persons - 10.1%
- American Indian and Alaska Native persons - 0.3%
- Asian persons - 0.4%
- Persons reporting two or more races - 1.8%
- Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 3.5%
The median income for a household in the county was $34,016. The per capita income for the county was $19,030. About 21.8% of the population were below the poverty line.