Roanoke Rapids, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Roanoke Rapids had a population of 15,661 as of July 1, 2016. Roanoke Rapids 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 Roanoke Rapids is located at latitude 36.446 and longitude -77.6486 in Halifax County. The formal boundaries for the City of Roanoke Rapids (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.94 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Halifax County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 157 feet.

The City of Roanoke Rapids (GNIS ID: 2404628) 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 Roanoke Rapids is located within Township of Roanoke Rapids, a minor civil division (MCD) of Halifax County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Roanoke Rapids: Great Falls.

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Roanoke Rapids, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 15,661
Population in Households 15,511
Population in Familes 12,492
Population in Group Qrtrs 150
Population Density1 1,576
Diversity Index2 55


Total Households 6,453
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 4,182
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,172 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,382 (47.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,071 (42.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 719 (10.0%)
Median Home Value $117,171
Average Home Value $143,460


Median Household Income $36,004
Average Household Income $49,669
Per Capita Income $20,627
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.09% -0.32%
Households 0.04% -0.2%
Families 0.01% -0.29%
Median Household Income   1.95%
Per Capita Income   1.86%
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.

Roanoke Rapids, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Roanoke Rapids 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 # 59 92nd
Population Density1 # 75 90th
Diversity Index2 # 274 63rd
Median Household Income # 485 35th
Per Capita Income # 436 41st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.