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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,454
Male Share of the Population45.9%
Female Share of the Population54.1%
Senior Citizens17.3%
Employed Population 16+5,678
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married41.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.7%
Median Earnings25+$30,634
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,051
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,089

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,432
% Above Poverty Level73.3%
% Below Poverty Level26.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone30.7%
Median Gross Rent$729
Median House Value$116,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.5%
English10.2%
Irish8.2%
German5.2%
African3.7%
Italian1.9%
Scottish1.3%
French Except Basque1%
Dutch0.8%
Polish0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Slovak0.3%
Bahamian0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Greek0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Arab0.1%
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Roanoke Rapids Almanac

CategoryValue
County Halifax County
Standard Zip Codes27870
Phone Area Codes252
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude36.45
Approximate Longitude-77.65

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)

StationROANOKE RAPIDS
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp28 to 48 F
Apr Temp45 to 70 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 71 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches
StationJACKSON
Distance14.3 miles
Jan Temp28 to 49 F
Apr Temp45 to 71 F
Jul Temp67 to 90 F
Oct Temp47 to 72 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationEMPORIA 1 WNW
Distance17.2 miles
Jan Temp26 to 49 F
Apr Temp44 to 71 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 72 F
Annual Precip44.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Garysburg983$29,688
Gaston1,162$29,545
Halifax238$82,917
Jackson514$55,556
Seaboard635$41,429
Weldon1,709$49,167

Roanoke Rapids Public Libraries

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

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Roanoke Rapids Hospitals

Halifax Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
250 Smith Church Road
(252) 535-8011

Roanoke Rapids Public Schools

Belmont Elementary
1517 Bolling Road
ZIP: 27870
(252) 519-7500
Primary
Total Enrollment 691
Chaloner Middle
2100 Virginia Avenue
ZIP: 27870
(252) 519-7600
Middle
Total Enrollment 733
Everetts Elementary
458 Everetts School Rd
ZIP: 27870
(252) 537-5484
Primary
Total Enrollment 311
Kipp Halifax College Prep
515 Becker Drive
ZIP: 27870
(252) 410-0277
Middle
Total Enrollment 76
Roanoke Rapids High
800 Hamilton Street
ZIP: 27870
(252) 519-7200
High
Total Enrollment 928
William L Manning Elementary
1102 Barrett Street
ZIP: 27870
(252) 519-7400
Primary
Total Enrollment 676
William R Davie Middle
4391 Hwy 158
ZIP: 27870
(252) 519-0300
Middle
Total Enrollment 417

Roanoke Rapids Private Schools

Cornerstone School
90 Woodstore Rd
ZIP: 27870
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 85
Gingerbread House
132 Clearfield Dr
ZIP: 27870
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Halifax Academy
1400 Three Bridges Rd
ZIP: 27870
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 365
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