Roanoke Rapids, NC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
66,300
1.35% 1-year decline
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
45.6
0.437% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
22.5%
9.26% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$42,846
11.7% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$97,900
10.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
25,148
1.14% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Roanoke Rapids, NC had a population of 66.3k people with a median age of 45.6 and a median household income of $42,846. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Roanoke Rapids, NC declined from 67,208 to 66,300, a −1.35% decrease and its median household income grew from $38,350 to $42,846, a 11.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (52.1%), White (Non-Hispanic) (37.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.87%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (2.18%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.03%).

None of the households in Roanoke Rapids, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.6% of the residents in Roanoke Rapids, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Halifax Community College (423 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Roanoke Rapids, NC was $97,900, and the homeownership rate was 65.7%.

Most people in Roanoke Rapids, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 2 cars per household.

Roanoke Rapids, NC borders Raleigh, NC and Rocky Mount, NC.

Population & Diversity

Roanoke Rapids, NC is home to a population of 66.3k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.31% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.53k people).

In 2022, there were 1.37 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (34.5k people) in Roanoke Rapids, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25.1k White (Non-Hispanic) and 2.56k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.6%
2022 Citizenship
98.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.6% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Roanoke Rapids, NC
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    34.5k ± 443
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    25.1k ± 123
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.56k ± 479
3.1%
Hispanic Population
2.06k people

In 2022, there were 1.37 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (34.5k people) in Roanoke Rapids, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25.1k White (Non-Hispanic) and 2.56k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.1% of the people in Roanoke Rapids, NC are hispanic (2.06k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.31%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.53k people
2.07%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.39k people

As of 2022, 2.31% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents (1.53k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 2.07%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,091 ± 184
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    558 ± 152
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    486 ± 138

Roanoke Rapids, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.96 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Roanoke Rapids, NC employs 25.1k people. The largest industries in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Manufacturing (4,334 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,654 people), and Retail Trade (2,996 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($50,833), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,375), and Educational Services ($46,219).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

25.1k
2022 Value
± 1,165
1.14%
1 Year growth
± 6.57%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Roanoke Rapids, NC grew at a rate of 1.14%, from 24.9k employees to 25.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Roanoke Rapids, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,837 people), Production Occupations (2,739 people), and Management Occupations (2,171 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Roanoke Rapids, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

25.1k
2022 Value
± 1,165
1.14%
1 Year growth
± 6.57%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Roanoke Rapids, NC grew at a rate of 1.14%, from 24.9k employees to 25.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Roanoke Rapids, NC, are Manufacturing (4,334 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,654 people), and Retail Trade (2,996 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Roanoke Rapids, NC, though some of these residents may live in Roanoke Rapids, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$39,444
Median earning men ± $2,581
$32,786
Median earning women ± $1,567

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($81,321), Public Administration ($53,649), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($51,435).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,685), Public Administration ($47,800), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,361).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 422
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 318
    Retail Trade
  3. 250
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.881%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in North Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC awarded 423 degrees. The student population of Roanoke Rapids, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 327 male students and 668 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Black or African American (201 and 47.7%), followed by White (161 and 38.2%), Unknown (22 and 5.23%), and Hispanic or Latino (20 and 4.75%).

The largest universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC by number of degrees awarded are Halifax Community College (423 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (81 and 19.1%), Other Electromechanical, Instrumentation, & Maintenance Technology (56 and 13.2%), and Medical Office Management (55 and 13%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 995 students enrolled in Roanoke Rapids, NC, 32.9% men and 67.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Black or African American with 456 records, of which 69.1% were women and 30.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 81 degrees awarded
  2. 32 degrees awarded
  3. 17 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 81 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Roanoke Rapids, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
423 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Halifax Community College with 423 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 160 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Roanoke Rapids, NC, which is 0.608 times less than the 263 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Black or African American students. These 201 degrees mean that there were 1.25 times more degrees awarded to Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 161 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,432) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($176) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($2,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Roanoke Rapids, NC was $97,900 in 2022, which is 0.347 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $88,900 to $97,900, a 10.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Roanoke Rapids, NC is 65.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Roanoke Rapids, NC have an average commute time of 24.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Roanoke Rapids, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Roanoke Rapids, NC is $42,846. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $96,734, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $95,533 and $85,785.

Property

$97,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,549
$18,148
Median Property Taxes
±$888

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Roanoke Rapids, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Roanoke Rapids, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

65.7%
Homeownership
2022
62.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 65.7% of the housing units in Roanoke Rapids, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $96,734, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $95,533 and $85,785.

The following map shows all of the counties in Roanoke Rapids, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$42,846
Median Household Income
± $1,938
27.6k
Number of Households
± 1,161

In 2022, the median household income of the 27.6k households in Roanoke Rapids, NC grew to $42,846 from the previous year's value of $38,350.

The following chart displays the households in Roanoke Rapids, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Roanoke Rapids, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (81.3%)
  2. Carpooled (9.67%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.95%)

In 2022, 81.3% of workers in Roanoke Rapids, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.67%) and those who worked at home (5.95%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

24.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Roanoke Rapids, NC have a shorter commute time (24.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.09% of the workforce in Roanoke Rapids, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Roanoke Rapids, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Roanoke Rapids, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

22.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Roanoke Rapids, NC (14.5k out of 64.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 75+.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Roanoke Rapids, NC is Black, followed by White and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

89.4% of the population of Roanoke Rapids, NC has health coverage, with 33.1% on employee plans, 25.3% on Medicaid, 16.5% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 1.87% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see 1399 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.427% decrease from the previous year (1405 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1710 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 363 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,399 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in North Carolina

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,399 patients per year. This represents a 0.427% decrease from the previous year (1,405 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.1% under 18 years, 17.4% between 18 and 34 years, 37.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 22.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46% were men and 54% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

10.6%
Uninsured
33.1%
Employer Coverage
25.3%
Medicaid
16.5%
Medicare
12.7%
Non-Group
1.87%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined by 12.6% from 12.1% to 10.6%.

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