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Overview

Introduction to Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina is 37 miles N of Rocky Mount, North Carolina (center to center) and 72 miles NE of Raleigh, North Carolina. It is in Halifax county.

Roanoke Rapids History

Early white settlers arrived at Roanoke Valley in the early 1700s. They were mostly English colonists who moved southward from Virginia. The fertile bottomlands of Roanoke Valley were ideal for farming. This led to the development of a plantation system. The area earned a reputation as being one of the best fishing spots in the world. Roanoke Rapids was named because of its location along the Roanoke River.

Roanoke Rapids and nearby Attractions

  • Roanoke Rapids Lake Park
  • Roanoke Canal Trail and Museum
  • The Centennial Park
  • Historic Halifax
  • Autumn Ridge Alpaca Farms
  • Farmer's Market

Things To Do In Roanoke Rapids

Roanoke Rapids is famous for several historical sites. The Roanoke Rapids High School building, which began operating in 1921, is still in use and represents many elements of Tudor Revival and Elizabethan Gothic architecture through its castle-like facade. The Roanoke Canal Museum is situated in a former canal lock building and is dedicated to the former shipping canal built in the 18th century. Roanoke Rapids Lake Park is a recreational area that spreads over 12 acres and offers facilities for swimming, picnicking, and fitness activities.

Roanoke Rapids Transportation

Flights can be availed from Richmond International Airport.

Roanoke Rapids Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Vance-Granville Community College, Virginia State University, and John Tyler Community College.

People

Total Population 15,557
Male Share of the Population 44.6%
Female Share of the Population 55.4%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,831
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.7%
Median Earnings25+ $30,492
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,948
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,177

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,295
% Above Poverty Level 77.3%
% Below Poverty Level 22.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.4%
Median Gross Rent $686
Median House Value $115,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.9%
US/American 0%
English 12.4%
Irish 10%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Roanoke Rapids Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles N of Rocky Mount, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles NE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Halifax
Standard Zip Codes 27870
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.461
Longitude -77.654

Roanoke Rapids Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ROANOKE RAPIDS
Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 71 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station JACKSON
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station EMPORIA 1 WNW
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 49 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 44.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Roanoke Rapids, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Roanoke Rapid (27870)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Garysburg 1,033 $29,531
Gaston 1,038 $29,922
Halifax 271 $70,417
Jackson 511 $52,500
Seaboard 736 $37,250
Weldon 1,623 $44,821

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Roanoke Rapids Public Libraries

Library
Roanoke Rapids Public Library
319 ROANOKE AVENUE
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
(252) 533-2890

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Roanoke Rapids Hospitals

HALIFAX REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
250 SMITH CHURCH RD
(252) 535-8011
Emergency Service: Yes

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Roanoke Rapids High Schools

ROANOKE RAPIDS HIGH
800 HAMILTON ST
252-537-8563
Serves 871 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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