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The 2000 Census showed that Rutherford County had a population of 62,899 people. This represented 0.78% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 38th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Rutherford had a population of 63,415 people. This is an increase of 0.82% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201067,810+7.81%+6.93% since 2009
200863,436+0.85%+0.53% since 2007
200763,103+0.32%+0.11% since 2006
200663,033+0.21%+0.4% since 2005
200462,819-0.13%-0.35% since 2003
200363,042+0.23%+0.12% since 2002
200262,969+0.11%-0.29% since 2001
200163,155+0.41%+0.41% since 2000
200062,899The Last Census

Rutherford County had 29,535 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Rutherford County has a total area<3> of 565 square miles [1,465 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.78 square miles [4.62 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Rutherford County had a population density of 111.5 people per square mile [43.05 people/km²], making it the state's 45th most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Rutherford County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Rutherford and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Rutherford County QuickFact (QF-37161).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Rutherford County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Forest CityQF-37240806,9637,549-7.76%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Rutherford County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BuncombeQF-37021   NW231,452206,33012.18%
BurkeQF-37023   NE89,54889,1480.45%
ClevelandQF-37045   E99,27496,2873.1%
HendersonQF-37089   W103,66989,17316.26%
McDowellQF-37111   N43,98842,1514.36%
PolkQF-37149   SW19,25518,3245.08%
Cherokee (SC)QF-45021   SE54,71452,5374.14%
Spartanburg (SC)QF-45083   S286,822253,79113.02%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Rutherford. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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