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Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Roanoke Rapids had a population of 15,348 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Roanoke Rapids: Great Falls.

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Roanoke Rapids, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 15,348
Daytime Population: Workers 8,422
Daytime Population: Residents 9,201
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 17,623
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.15
Population in Households 15,196
Population in Familes 12,209
Population in Group Qrtrs 152
Population Density2 1,544
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $37,675
Average Household Income $52,667
Per Capita Income $21,779


Total Housing Units 7,115 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,261 (45.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,035 (42.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 819 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $119,765
Average Home Value $146,719


Total Households 6,296
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 4,069
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 -0.36% -0.72%
Households -0.31% -0.67%
Families -0.37% -0.79%
Median Household Income   1.61%
Per Capita Income   2.85%

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, 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 # 64 91st
Population Density # 79 89th
Diversity Index # 271 64th
Median Household Income # 473 36th
Per Capita Income # 414 44th

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