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Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Roanoke Rapids had a population of 15,405 as of July 1, 2019. 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 36.4615 and longitude -77.6541 in Halifax County. The formal boundaries for the City of Roanoke Rapids 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Roanoke Rapids: Great Falls.

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Roanoke Rapids, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Roanoke Rapids, NC Housing Affordability Index is 161
State of North Carolina Housing Affordability Index is 140
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Roanoke Rapids, NC Wealth Index is 51
State of North Carolina Wealth Index is 84
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 15,405 (100%)
Population in Households 15,256 (99.0%)
Population in Families 12,265 (79.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 149 ( 1.0%)
Population Density 1,554
Diversity Index2 56
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $41,574
Average Household Income $58,594
Per Capita Income $23,844
Wealth Index4 51

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 7,068 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,375 (47.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,906 (41.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 787 (11.1%)
Median Home Value $122,568
Housing Affordability Index3 161
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 6,281
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 4,056
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population -0.24% -0.46%
Households -0.26% -0.47%
Families -0.33% -0.56%
Median Household Income   2.02%
Per Capita Income   2.23%

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, 2019 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 # 66 91st
Population Density # 81 89th
Diversity Index # 262 65th
Median Household Income # 458 38th
Per Capita Income # 391 47th

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