Rutherford County, North Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Rutherford County, North Carolina has a population of 62,899 people. Of those, 54,592 (87%) are White, 7,066 (11%) are Black, and 1,136 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 357 (or 1% of the 62,899 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Rutherford County a population of 62,542 with a demographic that is 87% White, 11% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 62,899 357 62,542
White 54,592 158 54,434
Black 7,066 191 6,875
Latino 1,136 5 1,131


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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  • Feb 21, 2019:
    Volunteer Attorney Stephen Raher will be presenting his paper “The Company Store and the Literally Captive Market: Consumer Law in Prisons and Jails” at the Consumer Law Conference at Berkeley Law School. The paper will be presented and discussed at 4:00pm.

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