Spindale is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 4,321 at the 2010 census.
Spindale is located at 35°21′30″N 81°55′31″W.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14 km2), all of it land. Spindale was a classic mill town from its first textile mill, Spencer Mills in 1916 until its last textile mill, Stonecutter Mills, organized by J. B. Tanner in 1920, which closed in 1999. ("A Short History of Stonecutter Mills and Spindale, North Carolina", by Tim Barth and Duncan Murrell, 2004, pp. 2-11)
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,022 people, 1,662 households, and 1,065 families residing in the town. The population density was 726.8 people per square mile (280.8/km2). There were 1,887 housing units at an average density of 341.0 per square mile (131.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 72.80% White, 24.86% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.
There were 1,662 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the town, the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $23,365, and the median income for a family was $33,583. Males had a median income of $25,504 versus $20,395 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,789. About 12.5% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.
Spindale is home to Isothermal Community College, a two-year community college, named for its location in the thermal belt, and a part of the North Carolina Community College system.
WNCW, a noncommercial radio station affiliated with NPR, broadcasts from Isothermal Community College on a frequency of 88.7mhz. WNCW's programming consists of a diverse blend of musical styles. Its eclectic music mix and presence on the World Wide Web attracts listeners well beyond the reach of its coverage area.
Former University of Connecticut basketball player Dion Carson is a resident of Spindale.