Roanoke Rapids, NC

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Population

15,107

2.25% decline

Median Age

36.3


Median Household Income

$34,299

1.34% growth

Poverty Rate

26.7%


Number of Employees

5,595

2.44% decline

Median Property Value

$112,800

2.76% decline

About

In 2017, Roanoke Rapids, NC had a population of 15.1k people with a median age of 36.3 and a median household income of $34,299. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Roanoke Rapids, NC declined from 15,454 to 15,107, a -2.25% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,844 to $34,299, a 1.34% increase.

The population of Roanoke Rapids, NC is 55% White Alone, 37.8% Black or African American Alone, and 5.19% Hispanic or Latino. 3.51% of the people in Roanoke Rapids, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Roanoke Rapids, NC is $112,800, and the homeownership rate is 50.8%. Most people in Roanoke Rapids, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Roanoke Rapids, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Roanoke Rapids, NC employs 5.6k people. The largest industries in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,094 people), Manufacturing (730 people), and Educational Services (591 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($45,764), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,667), and Educational Services ($39,880).

Median household income in Roanoke Rapids, NC is $34,299. Males in Roanoke Rapids, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in Roanoke Rapids, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,299

2017 value

± $2,892

1.34%

1 Year Growth

± 14%

Households in Roanoke Rapids, NC have a median annual income of $34,299, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $33,844 in 2016, which represents a 1.34% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in Roanoke Rapids, NC made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Roanoke Rapids, NC workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Roanoke Rapids, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9302

  2. Census Tract 9303

  3. Census Tract 9304

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Census Tract 9302 with a value of $42,431, followed by Census Tract 9303 and Census Tract 9304, with respective values of $36,549 and $31,123.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Roanoke Rapids, NC (3.99k out of 14.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Males 6 - 11.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    2,521 ± 353

  2. White

    1,331 ± 311

  3. Hispanic

    271 ± 225

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

5.6k

2017 Value

± 506

-2.44%

1 Year decline

± 12.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined at a rate of -2.44%, from 5.74k employees to 5.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Roanoke Rapids, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (824 people), Sales & Related Occupations (546 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (466 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Roanoke Rapids, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Roanoke Rapids, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (824 people), Sales & Related Occupations (546 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (466 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Roanoke Rapids, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.12 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.92 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.53 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Roanoke Rapids, NC, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($65,845), Legal Occupations ($64,000), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($51,360).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.6k

2017 Value

± 506

-2.44%

1 Year decline

± 12.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined at a rate of -2.44%, from 5.74k employees to 5.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Roanoke Rapids, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,094 people), Manufacturing (730 people), and Educational Services (591 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Roanoke Rapids, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,094 people), Manufacturing (730 people), and Educational Services (591 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Roanoke Rapids, NC has an unusually high number of Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.53 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.41 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Roanoke Rapids, NC, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($45,764), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,667), and Educational Services ($39,880).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals with $35.3B and Machinery and $34.5B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

88.4% of the population of Roanoke Rapids, NC has health coverage, with 36.2% on employee plans, 24.4% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 1.29% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Roanoke Rapids, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Roanoke Rapids, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1417 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11.6%

Uninsured

36.2%

Employer Coverage

24.4%

Medicaid

14.1%

Medicare

12.4%

Non-Group

1.29%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined by 4.6% from 12.2% to 11.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Roanoke Rapids, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Roanoke Rapids, NC is home to a population of 15.1k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.06% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Roanoke Rapids, NC is composed of 8.31k White Alone residents (55%), 5.7k Black or African American Alone residents (37.8%), 784 Hispanic or Latino residents (5.19%), 172 Asian Alone residents (1.14%), 69 Two or More Races residents (0.457%), 67 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.444%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (343 speakers), Chinese (73 speakers), and Tagalog (32 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.2

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 36.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Roanoke Rapids, NC are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Roanoke Rapids, NC residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.06%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.79%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.06% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 2.79%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Roanoke Rapids, NC was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 Roanoke Rapids, NC residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

97.9%

2017 Citizenship

98.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.9% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    8.31k ± 526

  2. Black or African American Alone

    5.7k ± 463

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    784 ± 350

In 2017, there were 1.46 times more White Alone residents (8.31k people) in Roanoke Rapids, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.7k Black or African American Alone and 784 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Roanoke Rapids, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    343 speakers (2.34%)

  2. Chinese

    73 speakers (0.497%)

  3. Tagalog

    32 speakers (0.218%)

3.51% of Roanoke Rapids, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.34% of the overall population of Roanoke Rapids, NC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.497% speak Chinese and 0.218% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    225 ± 87

  2. Korea

    103 ± 62

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    99 ± 74

Roanoke Rapids, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.18 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Roanoke Rapids, NC was $112,800 in 2017, which is 0.518 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $116,000 to $112,800, a 2.76% decrease. The homeownership rate in Roanoke Rapids, NC is 50.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Roanoke Rapids, NC have an average commute time of 19.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Roanoke Rapids, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$34,299

Median Household Income

± $2,892

5.99k

Number of Households

± 514

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.99k households in Roanoke Rapids, NC grew to $34,299 from the previous year's value of $33,844.

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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Housing

Property Value

$112,800

2017 Median

± $9,715

$116,000

2016 Median

± $8,280

In 2017, the median property value in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined from to $112,800 from the previous year's value of $116,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Roanoke Rapids, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Roanoke Rapids, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Roanoke Rapids, NC 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 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

50.8%

2017 Homeownership

52.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 50.8% of the housing units in Roanoke Rapids, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 52.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Roanoke Rapids, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

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, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

19.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Roanoke Rapids, NC have a shorter commute time (19.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.46% of the workforce in Roanoke Rapids, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.6%

  2. Carpooled

    14%

  3. Walked

    2.03%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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