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The City of Rocky Mount had a population of 56,746 as of July 1, 2016. Rocky Mount ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rocky Mount is located at latitude 35.9685 and longitude -77.8083 in Nash County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rocky Mount (see map below) encompass a land area of 44.04 sq. miles and a water area of 0.22 sq. miles. Nash County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 98 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Rocky Mount are located in Nash County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Edgecombe County.

The City of Rocky Mount (GNIS ID: 2404643) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Rocky Mount is located within Township of Stony Creek, a minor civil division (MCD) of Nash County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rocky Mount population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Rocky Mount, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 56,746
Population in Households 55,509
Population in Familes 44,104
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,237
Population Density1 1,289
Diversity Index2 55


Total Households 22,793
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 14,347
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 27,142 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,636 (42.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,156 (41.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,349 (16.0%)
Median Home Value $110,922
Average Home Value $153,736


Median Household Income $37,243
Average Household Income $53,752
Per Capita Income $22,132
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.14% -0.14%
Households -0.15% -0.19%
Families -0.25% -0.28%
Median Household Income   -0.71%
Per Capita Income   1.33%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Rocky Mount, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rocky Mount to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 16 98th
Population Density1 # 129 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 268 64th
Median Household Income # 456 38th
Per Capita Income # 344 54th

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