Rutherford is a suburb in the City of Maitland in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. At the 2011 census, Rutherford was home to 10,182 residents, making it the second most populous suburb in the Local Government Area after East Maitland. The suburb consists of mixed residential development, bulky goods retail, light industry and manufacturing plants. It also has its own small commercial centre. Rutherford is served by a number of schools within the suburb. These are Rutherford Public School, St. Paul's Primary School and Rutherford Technology High School. There are also a range of indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.