Introduction to Rockingham, North Carolina

Rockingham, North Carolina, in Richmond county, is 51 miles W of Fayetteville, North Carolina (center to center) and 63 miles E of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is home to some 9,672 residents.

Rockingham History

Rockingham, which is the county seat of Richmond County, was named after the Marquis of Rockinham. The County of Richmond was founded by Keader Keaton, an officer in the American Revolutionary War. Richmond was established in 1779 and was named in honor of Charles Lennox, the third Duke of Richmond and Lennox.

Rockingham and Nearby Attractions

  • National Railroad Museum & Hall of Fame
  • House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site
  • Cheraw State Recreation Area
  • Alligator Adventure
  • Greensboro Arboretum

Things To Do In Rockingham

There are numerous museums near Rockingham, including Marlboro County Historical Museum, National Railroad Museum & Hall of Fame, Rankin Museum of American and Natural History, and Taxidermy Hall of Fame. Historic sites nearby include the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site, the Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site, and Town Creek Indian Mound. There are also several parks near Rockingham. Cheraw State Recreation Area, Goodale State Park, and Morrow Mountain State Park are some of them. Other places of interest are Carowinds, J.C. Raulston Arboretum, and the North Carolina Zoo.

Rockingham Transportation

The nearest major airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Rockingham Higher Education

Northeastern Technical College, Richmond Community College and Saint Andrews Presbyterian College are located nearby.


Total Population 9,376
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,335
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18%
Median Earnings25+ $29,440
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,824
Median Earnings With High School Degree $17,765


Median Family Income $38,648
% Above Poverty Level 73.4%
% Below Poverty Level 26.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $573
Median House Value $101,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 5.3%

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

Rockingham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 51 miles W of Fayetteville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 63 miles E of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Richmond
Standard Zip Codes 28379
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28380
Phone Area Codes 910
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.939
Longitude -79.774

Rockingham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station HAMLET
Distance 5.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49 inches
Station CHERAW
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 53 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dobbins Heights 858 $28,000
Ellerbe 1,137 $33,214
Hamlet 6,525 $41,958
Hoffman 572 $36,471
Lilesville 464 $47,763
Morven 510 $22,917

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

Rockingham Public Libraries

Sandhill Regional Library System
Rockingham, North Carolina
(910) 997-3388
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Rockingham Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
925 LONG DR PO BOX 1928
(910) 417-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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