Nestled in the foothills of Western North Carolina, Rutherford County boasts breathtaking views of rolling mountains in a rural setting complete with abundant open space, natural forests, lakes and farm land. North Carolina’s Rutherford County was formed in 1779 and is currently comprised of eight municipalities: Bostic, Chimney Rock, Ellenboro, Forest City, Rutherfordton, Ruth, Spindale and Lake Lure. The town of Rutherfordton holds the county seat. Chimney Rock and Lake Lure are located approximately 20 miles west of Rutherfordton, with Lake Lure being home to a private lake with public access that is enjoyed by thousands from spring until fall. Rutherford County is close in proximity to the metropolitan areas of Asheville (NC), Charlotte (NC), Greenville (SC), and Spartanburg (SC) as well as several major highway corridors.

North Carolina’s Department of Commerce produces a County Profile, available on AccessNC, highlighting demographics, commuters, education, housing, income, employment/unemployment, commercial/retail/industrial business, and quality of life. Click the corresponding link below to review the information.

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