Rutherford County, NC

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2022 Population
64,680
0.136% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
44.9
0.443% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
18.4%
0.779% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$50,512
11% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$158,200
18.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
26,708
2.11% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Rutherford County, NC had a population of 64.7k people with a median age of 44.9 and a median household income of $50,512. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Rutherford County, NC grew from 64,592 to 64,680, a 0.136% increase and its median household income grew from $45,500 to $50,512, a 11% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Rutherford County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (8.63%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.24%), White (Hispanic) (1.94%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.89%).

None of the households in Rutherford County, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.7% of the residents in Rutherford County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rutherford County, NC are Isothermal Community College (1,063 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Rutherford County, NC was $158,200, and the homeownership rate was 73.3%.

Most people in Rutherford County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Rutherford County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Rutherford County, NC is home to a population of 64.7k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.01% of Rutherford County, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.95k people).

In 2022, there were 9.49 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53k people) in Rutherford County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.59k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.1k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.7%
2022 Citizenship
98.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.7% of Rutherford County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Rutherford County, NC was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Rutherford County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    53k ± 235
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.59k ± 391
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.1k ± 419
5.02%
Hispanic Population
3.25k people

In 2022, there were 9.49 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53k people) in Rutherford County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.59k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.1k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.02% of the people in Rutherford County, NC are hispanic (3.25k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.01%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.95k people
2.8%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.81k people

As of 2022, 3.01% of Rutherford County, NC residents (1.95k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rutherford County, NC was 2.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,667 ± 274
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    826 ± 252
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    578 ± 202

Rutherford County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Rutherford County, NC employs 26.7k people. The largest industries in Rutherford County, NC are Manufacturing (4,537 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,447 people), and Retail Trade (3,120 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($102,522), Wholesale Trade ($58,526), and Transportation & Warehousing ($57,920).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

26.7k
2022 Value
± 1,291
2.11%
1 Year growth
± 6.83%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rutherford County, NC grew at a rate of 2.11%, from 26.2k employees to 26.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rutherford County, NC, are Production Occupations (3,177 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,534 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,335 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rutherford County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

26.7k
2022 Value
± 1,291
2.11%
1 Year growth
± 6.83%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rutherford County, NC grew at a rate of 2.11%, from 26.2k employees to 26.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rutherford County, NC, are Manufacturing (4,537 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,447 people), and Retail Trade (3,120 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rutherford County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Rutherford County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,913
Median earning men ± $2,444
$28,036
Median earning women ± $1,277

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($58,342), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,176), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($51,611).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($84,091), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,648), and Information ($57,074).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 381
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 278
    Manufacturing
  3. 268
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Rutherford County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 72.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (26.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.633%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Rutherford County, NC awarded 1,063 degrees. The student population of Rutherford County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 694 male students and 1,182 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rutherford County, NC are White (800 and 75.5%), followed by Black or African American (93 and 8.78%), Hispanic or Latino (85 and 8.03%), and Unknown (43 and 4.06%).

The largest universities in Rutherford County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Isothermal Community College (1,063 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Rutherford County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (194 and 18.3%), General Business Administration & Management (113 and 10.6%), and Welding Technology (71 and 6.68%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,876 students enrolled in Rutherford County, NC, 37% men and 63% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,384 records, of which 62.4% were women and 37.6% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Rutherford County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 194 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Rutherford County, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,063 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Isothermal Community College with 1,063 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 448 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rutherford County, NC, which is 0.728 times less than the 615 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 800 degrees mean that there were 8.6 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 93 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($1,824) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($206) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,400) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rutherford County, NC was $158,200 in 2022, which is 0.561 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $133,600 to $158,200, a 18.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Rutherford County, NC is 73.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Rutherford County, NC have an average commute time of 25.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Rutherford County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Rutherford County, NC is $50,512. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Rutherford County, NC was Census Tract 9604 with a value of $73,324, followed by Census Tract 9611.02 and Census Tract 9607, with respective values of $64,519 and $53,571.

In 2022, 14.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Rutherford County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.88%.

Property

$158,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,995
$19,271
Median Property Taxes
±$987

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rutherford County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Rutherford County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

73.3%
Homeownership
2022
63.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 73.3% of the housing units in Rutherford County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9604
  2. Census Tract 9611.02
  3. Census Tract 9607

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rutherford County, NC was Census Tract 9604 with a value of $73,324, followed by Census Tract 9611.02 and Census Tract 9607, with respective values of $64,519 and $53,571.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Rutherford County, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$50,512
Median Household Income
± $3,085
26.3k
Number of Households
± 1,316

In 2022, the median household income of the 26.3k households in Rutherford County, NC grew to $50,512 from the previous year's value of $45,500.

The following chart displays the households in Rutherford County, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rutherford County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.4%)
  2. Carpooled (11.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.55%)

In 2022, 79.4% of workers in Rutherford County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.9%) and those who worked at home (5.55%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

25.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rutherford County, NC have a shorter commute time (25.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.64% of the workforce in Rutherford County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Rutherford County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Rutherford County, NC have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 14.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Rutherford County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.88%.

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Poverty & Diversity

18.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rutherford County, NC (11.7k out of 63.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rutherford County, NC is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 25.5% of the children was living in poverty in Rutherford County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 196 in Rutherford County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 49.3 per 100,000 population.

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Health

88.1% of the population of Rutherford County, NC has health coverage, with 33.9% on employee plans, 18.6% on Medicaid, 17.3% on Medicare, 16.3% on non-group plans, and 2.04% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Rutherford County, NC see 2394 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.91% increase from the previous year (2304 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3946 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 639 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,394 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Rutherford County, NC

Primary care physicians in Rutherford County, NC see an average of 2,394 patients per year. This represents a 3.91% increase from the previous year (2,304 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Rutherford County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.8% under 18 years, 17.6% between 18 and 34 years, 39.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.9%
Uninsured
33.9%
Employer Coverage
18.6%
Medicaid
17.3%
Medicare
16.3%
Non-Group
2.04%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rutherford County, NC declined by 7.56% from 12.9% to 11.9%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 42 in Rutherford County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 35.1% in Rutherford County, NC.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 13.8% in Rutherford County, NC.

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