RALEIGH — North Carolina’s population as a whole continues to rise, concentrated around the metro areas, particularly in Wake and Mecklenburg counties. Rutherford and Williamson Counties accounted for roughly half (49 percent) of the MSA’s population growth.
Rutherford County was included in the 66 North Carolina counties experiencing population growth between 2016 and 2017. According to the United States Census Bureau. Rutherford County population stands at 66,551. Polk, Cleveland and McDowell counties experienced population gains as well. The local region is showing a rebound, as Polk now shows a population of 20,558; Cleveland, 97,334; and McDowell, 45,159.
Moving this county forward has been better government,improvements to the quality of life, municipalities working in tandem with the county, all helping to fuel economic growth leading to an influx of people into this area.
North Carolina now has 10.3 million people as of July 1, 2017, and remains the ninth largest state in the nation .