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Welcome to Rutherfordton ...

The town of Rutherfordton is located in Rutherford County<1> and is the County Seat for Rutherford County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Rutherfordton has a population of 4,090 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Rutherfordton.

Rutherfordton is 920 feet [280 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The area code for Rutherfordton: (828)

The ZIP code for Rutherfordton: 28139<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Rutherfordton had an population of 4,090 people. This is a decrease of 2.92% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 0.99% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Rutherfordton had a population of 4,213 people (which is 6.21% of the total population of Rutherford County). This makes Rutherfordton the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Rutherfordton represents 0.04% of the population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 153rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,213 people, the population of Rutherfordton increased 1.98% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,131 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Rutherfordton.

Communities near Rutherfordton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Rutherfordton.

  • Forest City [Rutherford County]
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    • Forest City [Rutherford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southeast of Rutherfordton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,138 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Forest City<6>
  • Boiling Springs [Cleveland County]
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    • Boiling Springs [Cleveland County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southeast of Rutherfordton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,617 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boiling Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boiling Springs<6>
  • Landrum [Spartanburg County]
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    • Landrum [Spartanburg County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southwest of Rutherfordton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,725 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Landrum<6>
  • Tryon [Polk County]
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    • Tryon [Polk County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the southwest of Rutherfordton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,635 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tryon<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Lake Lure [Rutherford County]
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      • Lake Lure [Rutherford County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the west of Rutherfordton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,153 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Lure have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Lure<6>
    • Columbus [Polk County]
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      • Columbus [Polk County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the southwest of Rutherfordton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,007 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Columbus<6>
    • Chesnee [Cherokee County]
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      • Chesnee [Cherokee County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the south of Rutherfordton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 942 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chesnee<6>
    • Ellenboro [Rutherford County]
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      • Ellenboro [Rutherford County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the east of Rutherfordton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 830 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ellenboro have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellenboro<6>
    • Kingstown [Cleveland County]
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      • Kingstown [Cleveland County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the east of Rutherfordton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 682 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kingstown have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Alexander Mills [Rutherford County]
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      • Alexander Mills [Rutherford County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Rutherfordton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alexander Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Rutherfordton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Rutherfordton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Rutherfordton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Rutherfordton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Rutherfordton. Our list includes 23 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Rutherfordton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Rutherfordton ...

Looking for more information about Rutherfordton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Rutherfordton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Rutherfordton.

Adding Rutherfordton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Rutherfordton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Rutherfordton was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Rutherfordton on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Rutherfordton on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rutherfordton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Rutherford County: www.rutherfordcountync.gov/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Rutherford, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rutherfordton.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rutherfordton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Rutherfordton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Rutherfordton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rutherfordton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rutherfordton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RutherfordtonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rutherfordton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3680, Longitude: -81.9571    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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