Rutherford, Pennsylvania

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Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,859 at the 2000 census. It is part of the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Rutherford is located at 40°16′5″N 76°46′20″W / 40.26806°N 76.77222°W / 40.26806; -76.77222 (40.268039, -76.772220)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land.

Rutherford holds its own school, which is part of the Central Dauphin School District.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,859 people, 1,625 households, and 1,116 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,143.7 people per square mile (1,211.4/km²). There were 1,675 housing units at an average density of 1,364.5/sq mi (525.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.64% White, 7.80% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.74% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.96% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.59% of the population.

There were 1,625 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.87.

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