Rutherford, PA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Rutherford, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Rutherford Census Designated Place had a population of 4,781 as of July 1, 2017. Rutherford ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rutherford is located at latitude 40.2695 and longitude -76.7675 in Dauphin County. The formal boundaries for the Rutherford Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.27 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Dauphin County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 518 feet.

The Rutherford Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389792) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Rutherford Census Designated Place is located within Township of Swatara, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dauphin County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rutherford population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Rutherford, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 4,781
Daytime Population: Workers 700
Daytime Population: Residents 2,123
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,823
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.59
Population in Households 4,778
Population in Familes 3,893
Population in Group Qrtrs 3
Population Density2 3,749
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $58,662
Average Household Income $73,342
Per Capita Income $31,067


Total Housing Units 2,086 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,571 (75.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 457 (21.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 58 ( 2.8%)
Median Home Value $153,885
Average Home Value $174,157


Total Households 2,028
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 1,355
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.46% 1.15%
Households 1.53% 1.15%
Families 1.42% 1.07%
Median Household Income   1.94%
Per Capita Income   2.66%

Rutherford, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rutherford to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 273 85th
Population Density # 286 84th
Diversity Index # 93 95th
Median Household Income # 500 72nd
Per Capita Income # 441 75th

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