Roper, NC

Roper, situated in Washington County, is a small town made up of .9 square miles.

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The town was founded as Lee's Mill. Roper assumed its current name in the 1890s.


The median resident age in Roper is 31 years. The median estimated household income is about $16,000 making it about 32,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $11,000. The average price for a home in Roper is about $68,000 (2015) which is $92,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $500 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Roper is 78% Black, 18% White, 1% Two or more races, and 3% other. 59% of the population are high school graduates, with 6% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 27% are married, 12% are divorced, 5% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 46% that have never been married.

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Washington County

Roper belongs to Washington County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after George Washington, has a population of 13,200.

Washington County borders Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort, Martin and Bertie counties.

Washington County is made up of 424 square miles. 348 of which is land with the remaining 76 as water.


The population of Roper, NC is about 600. The population has been steadily decreasing since it peaked in the 1920s.


The elevation of Roper, NC is ten feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Roper, NC is 27970.

Area Code

The area code for Roper, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Roper and Washington County have voted mostly Democrat, with 59% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 48% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 50% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Roper is about 8% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing and wholesale trade make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Roanoke Beacon and Washington Daily News are the primary newspapers that cover the Washington County area.


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