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The Town of Red Oak had a population of 3,541 as of July 1, 2016. Red Oak ranks in the lower 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 Red Oak is located at latitude 36.0596 and longitude -77.9057 in Nash County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Red Oak (see map below) encompass a land area of 19.52 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Nash County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 203 feet.

The Town of Red Oak (GNIS ID: 2407186) 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 Town of Red Oak is located within Township of Red Oak, a minor civil division (MCD) of Nash County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Red Oak 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 Red Oak: Jones Store.

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Red Oak, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 3,541
Population in Households 3,540
Population in Familes 3,204
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density1 181
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 1,310
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 1,055
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,422 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,130 (79.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 180 (12.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 112 ( 7.9%)
Median Home Value $217,213
Average Home Value $255,642


Median Household Income $72,757
Average Household Income $89,896
Per Capita Income $33,148
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.51% 0.23%
Households 0.5% 0.24%
Families 0.18% 0.19%
Median Household Income   0.55%
Per Capita Income   1.22%
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.

Red Oak, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Red Oak 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 # 220 70th
Population Density1 # 654 12th
Diversity Index2 # 494 33rd
Median Household Income # 38 95th
Per Capita Income # 74 90th

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