|Rutherford County North Carolina Cities/Towns - Alexander Mills, Bostic, Chimney Rock, Ellenboro, Forest City, Gilkey, Green Hill, Lake Lure, Logan, Ruth, Rutherfordton (County Seat), Spindale, Union
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Rutherford County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2016, the population was 66,421. Its county seat is Rutherfordton.
The county was formed in 1779. It was named for Griffith Rutherford, leader of an expedition against the Cherokee in 1776 and a general in the American Revolutionary War.