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Time Zone: Rutherford County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Rutherfordton is the Seat for Rutherford County.

Rutherford County was founded in 1779 and was created by taking area from County.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Rutherford had a population of 63,415 people. This is an increase of 0.82% since the last Census (which gave a population of 62,899 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Rutherford represented 0.78% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 38th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

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
200062,899The Last Census

More information can be found on the Rutherford County Census Page for Rutherford County.


Below are some of the communities located in Rutherford County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Rutherford County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Forest City   6,9637,5497.76% decrease  
Rutherfordton   4,0594,1311.74% decrease  
Spindale   3,8234,0224.95% decrease  
Lake Lure   1,0021,0272.43% decrease  
Ellenboro   67747941.34% increase  

Websites for Rutherford County

Official Website:   www.rutherfordcountync.gov/

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<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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