Rutherford County is a medium-sized community located in Middle Tennessee, 38 miles south of Nashville. Its count seat is Murfreesboro, the geographic center of Tennessee. Rutherford County is included in the Nashville–Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rutherford County has a total area of 624 square miles of which 619 square miles is land and 5 square miles is water.
The County was formed in 1803 from parts of Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties named after Griffith Rutherford (1721–1805), a North Carolina colonial legislator and a Revolutionary War general who settled in Middle Tennessee.
Rutherford County is an outlying part of Metro Nashville. Since 1970 Rutherford County’s population has been increasing rapidly. The rate of growth accelerated in the 1990s and continued at a high growth rate into the first decade of the 21st century.
Cities and towns in Rutherford County include: Eagleville, La Vergne (LaVergne), Murfreesboro, Smyrna and Mount Juliet (Mt. Juliet). Unincorporated communities in the County include: Allisona (partial), Blackman, Lascassas, Rockvale, Walterhill and Christiana.
Adjacent counties to Rutherford include: Wilson County (north), Cannon County (east), Coffee County (southeast), Bedford County (South), Marshall County (southwest), Williamson County (west) and Davidson County (northwest).
Rutherford County offers a superior quality of life that combines the conveniences of an urban area with the rural nature of the countryside. People are drawn here for the affordable housing, excellent schools, job opportunities and central location.
Rutherford County, TN People
As of 2011, the population in Rutherford County is 261,082 and there are 413 people per square mile (population density). The median age in the County is 33.1. 52.60% of people in Rutherford County are married and 10.17% are divorced. The average household size is 2.63 people. 48.76% of people are married with children and 60.82% have children and are single.
Rutherford County, TN Climate
Rutherford County gets 53 inches of rain and 4 inches of snowfall pr year. Number of days with any measurable precipitation is 114. On average, there are 208 sunny days per year in Rutherford County with July highs around 90 degrees and January lows around 27 degrees.
Rutherford County, TN Economy
The economic outlook for the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro MSA is excellent. This area has consistently been above the national economic indicators. After leading the nation’s economic growth in the mid-1990s, the Middle Tennessee area and Rutherford County have slowed the rate of rapid growth to a steady forward movement.
The unemployment rate in Rutherford County is 8.40%, with job growth at 2.30%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 36.20%. Rutherford County sales tax rate is 9.75%. Income per capita in Rutherford County is $23,818, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $53,402.
Population by Occupation in Rutherford County, TN
- Management, Business, and Financial Operations 13.79%
- Professional and Related Occupations 19.92%
- Service 13.58%
- Sales and Office 28.49%
- Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 0.36%
- Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance 9.93%
- Production, Transportation, and Material Moving 21.23%
Rutherford County, TN Real Estate and Housing Statistics
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The median home value in Rutherford County is $153,300 and home appreciation is -1.76% over the last year. The median age of Rutherford County real estate is 16 years. Renters make up 29.24% of the Rutherford County population and 7.43% of houses and apartments in the County are unoccupied (vacancy rate).
Rutherford County, TN Schools
The County is served by the Rutherford County School System (RCS) and has 45 public schools. The vision of the Rutherford County School System is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become citizens who can adapt to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Rutherford County Educational Statistics
- 2 yr College Grad. 6.72%
- 4 yr College Grad. 19.94%
- Graduate Degrees 7.05%
- High School Grads. 87.73%
Colleges/Universities in or nearest to Rutherford County, TN
- Trevecca Nazarene University
- Lipscomb University
- Belmont University
- Middle Tennessee State University
- Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc
- Vanderbilt University
- Tennessee State University
- Lipscomb University
Hospitals/Medical Centers in or nearest to Rutherford county, TN
- Middle Tennessee Medical Center
- Stonecrest Medial Center
- Stones River Hospital
- DeKalb Community Hospital
- Williamson Medical Center
Golf Courses in or nearest to Rutherford County, TN
- Indian Hills Golf Club
- Champions Run Golf Course
- Old Fort Golf Course
- Cedar Crest Golf Course
- Stones River Golf Course
- Pine Creek Golf Course
Rutherford County, TN Transportation and Commute
The County is served by the Smyrna/Rutherford County airport and Nashville International Airport. The average one-way commute in Rutherford County takes 29 minutes. 84% of commuters drive their own car alone and 11% carpool with others.
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