Roanoke Rapids, situated in Halifax County, is a city made up of 7.9 square miles.
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Roanoke Rapids was founded as a textile city in the late 1800s. The town was incorporated in 1897.
The median resident age in Roanoke Rapids is 37 years. The median estimated household income is about $35,000 making it about $13,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $21,000. The average price for a home in Roanoke Rapids is about $119,000 (2015) which is $41,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Roanoke Rapids is 61% White, 33% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 5% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 20% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 45% are married, 12% are divorced, 3% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 30% that have never been married.
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Roanoke Rapids belongs to Halifax County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The county, named after George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, is part of the Roanoke Rapids, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. In 1758, the county was formed from a part of Edgecombe County. Halifax County has a population of 55,000 and the town Halifax, with a population of 235, is the county seat.
Halifax County borders Bertie, Northampton, Martin, Nash, Edgecombe, Franklin, and Warren counties.
Halifax County is made up of 731 square miles. 724 of which is land with the remaining 7 as water.
The population of Roanoke Rapids, NC is about 15,700. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1950s.
The elevation of Roanoke Rapids, NC is 154 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Roanoke Rapids, NC is 27870.
The area code for Roanoke Rapids, NC is 252.
Historically speaking Roanoke Rapids and Halifax County have voted mostly Democrat, with 66% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 53% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 46% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.
The unemployment rate for Roanoke Rapids is about 9% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, retail, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.