Roanoke Rapids, NC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
70,350
1.1% 1-year decline
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
45.9
1.32% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
24.1%
1.16% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$37,061
2.58% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$85,100
0.468% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
26,063
2.18% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Roanoke Rapids, NC had a population of 70.4k people with a median age of 45.9 and a median household income of $37,061. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Roanoke Rapids, NC declined from 71,136 to 70,350, a −1.1% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,128 to $37,061, a 2.58% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (53%), White (Non-Hispanic) (38.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.71%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (2.47%), and White (Hispanic) (1.29%).

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.

98.9% of the residents in Roanoke Rapids, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Halifax Community College (419 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Roanoke Rapids, NC was $85,100, and the homeownership rate was 64.4%.

Most people in Roanoke Rapids, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25 minutes. The average car ownership in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 2 cars per household.

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

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Roanoke Rapids, NC is home to a population of 70.4k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2020, 1.81% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.27k people).

In 2020, there were 1.38 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (37.3k people) in Roanoke Rapids, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.9k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.91k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.9%
2020 Citizenship
99%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.9% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 99%, 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)
    37.3k ± 512
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    26.9k ± 109
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.91k ± 513
2.81%
Hispanic Population
1.98k people

In 2020, there were 1.38 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (37.3k people) in Roanoke Rapids, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.9k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.91k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.81% of the people in Roanoke Rapids, NC are hispanic (1.98k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    224,275 ± 11,501 people
  2. India
    74,765 ± 6,689 people
  3. Honduras
    37,815 ± 4,766 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 224,275 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 74,765 and Honduras with 37,815.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.81%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.27k people
1.81%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.29k people

As of 2020, 1.81% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents (1.27k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 1.81%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,365 ± 203
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    591 ± 196
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    479 ± 156

Roanoke Rapids, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Roanoke Rapids, NC employs 26.1k people. The largest industries in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Manufacturing (4,821 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,812 people), and Retail Trade (3,156 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($54,395), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($43,684), and Utilities ($42,601).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,357. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

26.1k
2020 Value
± 1,211
−2.18%
1 Year decline
± 6.52%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined at a rate of −2.18%, from 26.6k employees to 26.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Roanoke Rapids, NC, are Production Occupations (2,838 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,737 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,576 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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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in North Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

26.1k
2020 Value
± 1,211
−2.18%
1 Year decline
± 6.52%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined at a rate of −2.18%, from 26.6k employees to 26.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Roanoke Rapids, NC, are Manufacturing (4,821 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,812 people), and Retail Trade (3,156 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

$32,482
Median earning men ± $2,295
$25,997
Median earning women ± $1,468

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Information ($70,250), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($50,011), and Public Administration ($45,532).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($37,375), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($32,908), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($31,568).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $353k
    Manufacturing
  2. $268k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $125k
    Wholesale Trade

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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. $53.9B
  2. $49B
  3. $48.7B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $53.9B, followed by Machinery ($49B) and Pharmaceuticals ($48.7B).

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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$488B
2020 Value in North Carolina
$926B
Projected 2050 Value in North Carolina
89.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $488B. This is expected to increase 89.6% to $926B by 2050.

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. $35.1B
  2. $27B
  3. $18.5B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $35.1B, followed by Virginia with $27B and Georgia and $18.5B.

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

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Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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 13 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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Richard Burr
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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 13 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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In 2020, universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC awarded 419 degrees. The student population of Roanoke Rapids, NC in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 310 male students and 678 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Black or African American (247 and 58.9%), followed by White (126 and 30.1%), American Indian or Alaska Native (16 and 3.82%), and Unknown (16 and 3.82%).

The largest universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC by number of degrees awarded are Halifax Community College (419 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Other Electromechanical, Instrumentation, & Maintenance Technology (50 and 11.9%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (49 and 11.7%), and Welding Technology (36 and 8.59%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 988 students enrolled in Roanoke Rapids, NC, 31.4% men and 68.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Black or African American with 444 records, of which 66% were women and 34% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 49 degree-majors awarded
  2. 20 degree-majors awarded
  3. 18 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 49 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
419 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Halifax Community College with 419 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 229 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Roanoke Rapids, NC, which is 1.21 times more than the 190 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Black or African American students. These 247 degrees mean that there were 1.96 times more degrees awarded to Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 126 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 2020.

Public, 2-year ($176) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

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

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.849% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.733% 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 2020 were High School or Equivalent (2.14M), Some college (1.89M), and Bachelors Degree (1.54M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Roanoke Rapids, NC was $85,100 in 2020, which is 0.37 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $85,500 to $85,100, a 0.468% decrease. The homeownership rate in Roanoke Rapids, NC is 64.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Roanoke Rapids, NC have an average commute time of 25 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 $37,061. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $83,567, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $82,557 and $74,803.

Property

$85,100
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,872
$18,979
Median Property Taxes
±$949

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

64.4%
Homeownership
2020
62.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 64.4% of the housing units in Roanoke Rapids, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.3%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Roanoke Rapids, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $83,567, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $82,557 and $74,803.

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.
$37,061
Median Household Income
± $1,794
29.5k
Number of Households
± 1,251

In 2020, the median household income of the 29.5k households in Roanoke Rapids, NC grew to $37,061 from the previous year's value of $36,128.

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
2020 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.395% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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.

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

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (82.9%)
  2. Carpooled (10.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.94%)

In 2020, 82.9% of workers in Roanoke Rapids, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.8%) and those who worked at home (3.94%).

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

25 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Roanoke Rapids, NC have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.46% 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

24.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Roanoke Rapids, NC (16.4k out of 68.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 6 - 11.

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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87.5% of the population of Roanoke Rapids, NC has health coverage, with 33.9% on employee plans, 23.6% on Medicaid, 16.3% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.96% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in North Carolina was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see 1405 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% decrease from the previous year (1412 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1718 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 389 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in North Carolina, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,405 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in North Carolina

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,405 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% decrease from the previous year (1,412 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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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of North Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22% under 18 years, 17.4% between 18 and 34 years, 38.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 22% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.8% were men and 54.2% were women.

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

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Uninsured People

12.5%
Uninsured
33.9%
Employer Coverage
23.6%
Medicaid
16.3%
Medicare
11.7%
Non-Group
1.96%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined by 2.31% from 12.7% to 12.5%.

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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