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Overview

Introduction to Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in Nash county, is 48 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina.There are an estimated 55,893 people in the city.

Rocky Mount History

Rocky Mount was first settled in the early 19th century. The area's first post office was established on March 22, 1816, at the Falls of the Tar River. Rocky Mount derived its name from the ledges along the Tar River. Rocky Mount Mills, one of North Carolina's first cotton mills, was established in the city in 1818. The Wilmington-Weldon Railroad served the area since 1845. Rocky Mount was originally incorporated as a town on February 19, 1867. It was reincorporated as a city on February 28, 1907.

Rocky Mount and nearby Attractions

  • Rocky Mount Children's Museum & Science Center
  • Spring Hope Historical Museum
  • Wilson Rose Garden
  • Medoc Mountain State Park
  • J.C. Raulston Arboretum

Things To Do In Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount offers a number of recreational facilities for its residents and visitors. You can visit Meadowbrook Park, Buck Leonard Park, and Sunset Park. The city also has several shopping centers such as the Raleigh Road Shopping Center, Tarrytown Mall, Edgecombe Park Shopping Center, Englewood Square Shopping Center, Oakwood Shopping Center, and Golden East Crossing Shopping Center. In addition, the city of Rocky Mount hosts many events and festivals every year inlcuding the DownEast Festival and Rocky Mount Agricultural Fair.

Rocky Mount Transportation

Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport is the nearest airport.

Rocky Mount Higher Education

North Carolina Wesleyan College and Nash Community College are the local colleges.

People

Total Population 56,642
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 21,764
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 36.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.8%
Median Earnings25+ $26,192
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,414
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,096

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,292
% Above Poverty Level 74.1%
% Below Poverty Level 25.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.8%
Median Gross Rent $740
Median House Value $106,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 65.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.9%
Irish 3%

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

Rocky Mount Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 48 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Nash
Metro Area Rocky Mount
Standard Zip Codes 27801, 27803, 27804
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27802
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.938
Longitude -77.79

Rocky Mount 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 ROCKY MOUNT 8 ESE
Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station TARBORO 1 S
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Station ARCOLA
Distance 26.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 52 F
Apr Temp 43 to 73 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 44 to 75 F
Annual Precip 47.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Wesleyan Col (27804)

Wesleyan College (27804)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dortches 1,000 $72,875
Nashville 5,459 $53,690
Red Oak 3,428 $87,275
Sharpsburg 2,228 $29,135
Whitakers 898 $32,019

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

Rocky Mount Public Libraries

Library
Braswell Memorial Library
727 NORTH GRACE STREET
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
(252) 442-1951
Library Web Site

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Rocky Mount Hospitals

NASH GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
2460 CURTIS ELLIS DRIVE
(252) 443-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Rocky Mount High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

NORTHERN NASH HIGH
4230 GREEN HILLS RD
252-937-5600
Serves 1,460 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

ROCKY MOUNT HIGH
308 S TILLERY ST
252-977-3085
Serves 1,405 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

NASH CENTRAL HIGH
1129 S OLD CARRIAGE ROAD
252-451-2860
Serves 946 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

N-RMS MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH
530 N OLD CARRIAGE ROAD
252-451-2890
Serves 66 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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