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Rutherford College, North Carolina

Rutherford College is a town in Burke County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 1,341.[4] It is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Rutherford College, North Carolina
"Small but unique and moving forward"
Location of Rutherford College, North Carolina
Location of Rutherford College, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°44′45″N 81°31′43″W / 35.74583°N 81.52861°W / 35.74583; -81.52861Coordinates: 35°44′45″N 81°31′43″W / 35.74583°N 81.52861°W / 35.74583; -81.52861
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Land2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,204 ft (367 m)
 • Total1,341
 • Estimate 
 • Density590/sq mi (230/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)828
FIPS code37-58440[2]
GNIS feature ID1024878[3]

The town was named for the college that was once located there, Rutherford College, which had been there since the 1800s. The campus was later purchased by Valdese General Hospital.[5]


Rutherford College is located in eastern Burke County at 35°44′45″N 81°31′43″W / 35.74583°N 81.52861°W / 35.74583; -81.52861 (35.745825, -81.528737).[6] It is bordered by Valdese to the west and Connelly Springs to the east.

U.S. Route 70 passes east–west through the southern part of town, and Interstate 40 passes through the southernmost section of the town, with access from exit 113. Morganton, the county seat, is 9 miles (14 km) to the west, and Hickory is 12 miles (19 km) to the east. The town is 65 miles (105 km) east of Asheville, 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Charlotte, and 184 miles (296 km) west of the North Carolina state capital of Raleigh.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km2), all of it land.[4]


Census Pop.
Est. 20161,323[1]−1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,293 people, 541 households, and 381 families residing in the town. The population density was 568.0 people per square mile (219.0/km²). There were 570 housing units at an average density of 250.4 per square mile (96.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.74% White, 0.39% African American, 0.31% Native American, 4.25% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 541 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,579, and the median income for a family was $42,206.

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  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rutherford College town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "History of the town of Rutherford College, North Carolina", official website for the town of Rutherford College, North Carolina
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Powell, William Stevens (1979). "Abernethy, Arthur Talmage". Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. Vol. 1, A-C. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. p. 4. ISBN 9780807813294.
  9. ^ "ABERNETHY, Charles Laban, (1872 - 1955)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. US Congress. Retrieved November 9, 2012.

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