Rocky Mount, NC

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Population

148,157

0.602% decline

Median Age

41.2


Median Household Income

$41,593

5.6% growth

Poverty Rate

19.1%


Number of Employees

64,060

1.38% growth

Median Property Value

$104,500

3.16% growth

About

In 2017, Rocky Mount, NC had a population of 148k people with a median age of 41.2 and a median household income of $41,593. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Rocky Mount, NC declined from 149,054 to 148,157, a -0.602% decrease and its median household income grew from $39,388 to $41,593, a 5.6% increase.

The population of Rocky Mount, NC is 45.8% Black or African American Alone, 45.7% White Alone, and 5.84% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Rocky Mount, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rocky Mount, NC are Nash Community College (778 degrees awarded in 2016), Edgecombe Community College (557 degrees), and North Carolina Wesleyan College (519 degrees).

The median property value in Rocky Mount, NC is $104,500, and the homeownership rate is 63%. Most people in Rocky Mount, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Rocky Mount, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Rocky Mount, NC employs 64.1k people. The largest industries in Rocky Mount, NC are Manufacturing (11,059 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,272 people), and Retail Trade (7,787 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,349), Wholesale Trade ($40,192), and Transportation & Warehousing ($40,076).

Median household income in Rocky Mount, NC is $41,593. Males in Rocky Mount, 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 Rocky Mount, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,593

2017 value

± $1,370

5.6%

1 Year Growth

± 4.27%

Households in Rocky Mount, NC have a median annual income of $41,593, 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 $39,388 in 2016, which represents a 5.6% 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 Rocky Mount, 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rocky Mount, NC was Union County, NC with a value of $77,691, followed by Wake County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $77,318 and $69,940.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rocky Mount, NC (27.7k out of 145k 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 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    18,059 ± 963

  2. White

    7,716 ± 657

  3. Hispanic

    2,075 ± 352

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rocky Mount, 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

64.1k

2017 Value

± 1,900

1.38%

1 Year growth

± 4.09%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rocky Mount, NC grew at a rate of 1.38%, from 63.2k employees to 64.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rocky Mount, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,733 people), Production Occupations (6,910 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (6,686 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rocky Mount, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Rocky Mount, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,733 people), Production Occupations (6,910 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (6,686 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Rocky Mount, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.86 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.8 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.78 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Rocky Mount, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($63,864), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,323), and Management Occupations ($55,080).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

64.1k

2017 Value

± 1,900

1.38%

1 Year growth

± 4.09%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rocky Mount, NC grew at a rate of 1.38%, from 63.2k employees to 64.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rocky Mount, NC, are Manufacturing (11,059 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,272 people), and Retail Trade (7,787 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rocky Mount, NC, though some of these residents may live in Rocky Mount, 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 Rocky Mount, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (11,059 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,272 people), and Retail Trade (7,787 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Rocky Mount, NC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.23 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.71 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.2 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Rocky Mount, NC, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,349), Wholesale Trade ($40,192), and Transportation & Warehousing ($40,076).

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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 ($35.3B) and Machinery ($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.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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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

87.9% of the population of Rocky Mount, NC has health coverage, with 39.6% on employee plans, 22.6% on Medicaid, 12.1% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 1.54% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Rocky Mount, 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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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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

12.1%

Uninsured

39.6%

Employer Coverage

22.6%

Medicaid

12.1%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

1.54%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rocky Mount, NC declined by 11.3% from 13.7% to 12.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Rocky Mount, 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

Rocky Mount, NC is home to a population of 148k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.47% of Rocky Mount, NC residents were born outside of the country (5.14k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Rocky Mount, NC is composed of 67.8k Black or African American Alone residents (45.8%), 67.7k White Alone residents (45.7%), 8.65k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.84%), 2.29k Two or More Races residents (1.54%), 851 Asian Alone residents (0.574%), 690 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.466%), 168 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.113%), and 34 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0229%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Rocky Mount, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Rocky Mount, NC was 41.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Rocky Mount, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Rocky Mount, NC residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.47%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.14k people

3.57%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.33k people

As of 2017, 3.47% of Rocky Mount, NC residents (5.14k people) 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 Rocky Mount, NC was 3.57%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

97.6%

2017 Citizenship

97.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.6% of Rocky Mount, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Rocky Mount, NC was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    67.8k ± 530

  2. White Alone

    67.7k ± 44

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    8.65k ± 1k

In 2017, there were 1 times more Black or African American Alone residents (67.8k people) in Rocky Mount, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 67.7k White Alone and 8.65k 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 Rocky Mount, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Rocky Mount, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Rocky Mount, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Rocky Mount, NC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,685 ± 351

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,757 ± 343

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,289 ± 282

Rocky Mount, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Rocky Mount, NC awarded 1,854 degrees. The student population of Rocky Mount, NC is skewed towards women, with 2,629 male students and 4,735 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rocky Mount, NC are White (893 and 48.6%), followed by Black or African American (755 and 41.1%), Hispanic or Latino (70 and 3.81%), and Unknown (59 and 3.21%).

The largest universities in Rocky Mount, NC by number of degrees awarded are Nash Community College (778 and 42%), Edgecombe Community College (557 and 30%), and North Carolina Wesleyan College (519 and 28%).

The most popular majors in Rocky Mount, NC are General Business Administration & Management (227 and 12.2%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (208 and 11.2%), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (119 and 6.42%).

The median tuition costs in Rocky Mount, NC are $29,000 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 208 degrees awarded

  2. 79 degrees awarded

  3. 42 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Rocky Mount, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 208 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 778 degrees awarded

  2. 557 degrees awarded

  3. 519 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$29,000

Median Private

In 2016, the Rocky Mount, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Nash Community College with 778 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

653

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,201

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 653 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rocky Mount, NC, which is 0.544 times less than the 1,201 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    893 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    755 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    70 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Rocky Mount, NC were to White students. These 893 degrees mean that there were 1.18 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 755 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rocky Mount, NC was $104,500 in 2017, which is 0.48 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $101,300 to $104,500, a 3.16% increase. The homeownership rate in Rocky Mount, NC is 63%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Rocky Mount, NC have an average commute time of 21.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Rocky Mount, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$41,593

Median Household Income

± $1,370

58.3k

Number of Households

± 1,655

In 2017, the median household income of the 58.3k households in Rocky Mount, NC grew to $41,593 from the previous year's value of $39,388.

The following chart displays the households in Rocky Mount, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$104,500

2017 Median

± $2,957

$101,300

2016 Median

± $3,165

In 2017, the median property value in Rocky Mount, NC grew to to $104,500 from the previous year's value of $101,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Rocky Mount, 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 Rocky Mount, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Rocky Mount, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rocky Mount, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

63%

2017 Homeownership

62.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63% of the housing units in Rocky Mount, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.8%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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Commute Time

21.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rocky Mount, NC have a shorter commute time (21.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.29% of the workforce in Rocky Mount, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.7%

  2. Carpooled

    9.44%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.66%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Rocky Mount, NC was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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