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Rocky Mount, North Carolina - Basic Facts

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The City of Rocky Mount had a population of 55,199 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Rocky Mount, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 55,199
Daytime Population: Workers 32,334
Daytime Population: Residents 33,559
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 65,893
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.19
Population in Households 53,951
Population in Familes 42,736
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,248
Population Density2 1,253
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $38,440
Average Household Income $56,022
Per Capita Income $23,020


Total Housing Units 26,798 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,152 (41.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,975 (41.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,671 (17.4%)
Median Home Value $114,483
Average Home Value $157,886


Total Households 22,127
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 13,868
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.5% -0.54%
Households -0.54% -0.6%
Families -0.68% -0.73%
Median Household Income   0.85%
Per Capita Income   2.17%

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, 2017 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 # 17 98th
Population Density # 140 81st
Diversity Index # 265 64th
Median Household Income # 457 38th
Per Capita Income # 343 54th

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