Rocky Mount, NC

Census Place

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2022 Population
54,260
0.211% 1-year decline
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40.4
1.46% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
19.6%
3.71% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$50,092
7.97% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$137,800
20.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
24,003
2.35% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Rocky Mount, NC had a population of 54.3k people with a median age of 40.4 and a median household income of $50,092. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Rocky Mount, NC declined from 54,375 to 54,260, a −0.211% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,396 to $50,092, a 7.97% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Rocky Mount, NC are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (62%), White (Non-Hispanic) (28.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.41%), Other (Hispanic) (1.91%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.28%).

None of the households in Rocky Mount, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.4% of the residents in Rocky Mount, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rocky Mount, NC are North Carolina Wesleyan University (584 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Rocky Mount, NC was $137,800, and the homeownership rate was 49.9%.

Most people in Rocky Mount, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Rocky Mount, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Rocky Mount, NC is home to a population of 54.3k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.02% of Rocky Mount, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.64k people).

In 2022, there were 2.15 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (33.7k people) in Rocky Mount, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.6k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.31k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.4%
2022 Citizenship
98.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.4% of Rocky Mount, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Rocky Mount, NC was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Rocky Mount, NC
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    33.7k ± 1.08k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    15.6k ± 1.09k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.31k ± 443
4.29%
Hispanic Population
2.33k people

In 2022, there were 2.15 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (33.7k people) in Rocky Mount, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.6k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.31k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.29% of the people in Rocky Mount, NC are hispanic (2.33k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.02%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.64k people
3%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.63k people

As of 2022, 3.02% of Rocky Mount, NC residents (1.64k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rocky Mount, NC was 3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,484 ± 361
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    727 ± 299
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    644 ± 217

Rocky Mount, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Rocky Mount, NC employs 24k people. The largest industries in Rocky Mount, NC are Manufacturing (4,016 people), Retail Trade (3,455 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,012 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($96,154), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,464), and Public Administration ($52,123).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

24k
2022 Value
± 1,549
2.35%
1 Year growth
± 8.86%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rocky Mount, NC grew at a rate of 2.35%, from 23.5k employees to 24k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rocky Mount, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,904 people), Production Occupations (2,625 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,552 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rocky Mount, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

24k
2022 Value
± 1,549
2.35%
1 Year growth
± 8.86%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rocky Mount, NC grew at a rate of 2.35%, from 23.5k employees to 24k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rocky Mount, NC, are Manufacturing (4,016 people), Retail Trade (3,455 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,012 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rocky Mount, NC, though some of these residents may live in Rocky Mount, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,217
Median earning men ± $6,887
$30,981
Median earning women ± $2,357

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($92,539), Public Administration ($55,833), and Manufacturing ($54,076).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,549), Public Administration ($46,161), and Manufacturing ($40,513).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.881%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Rocky Mount, NC awarded 584 degrees. The student population of Rocky Mount, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 659 male students and 678 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rocky Mount, NC are Black or African American (225 and 42.9%), followed by White (181 and 34.5%), Unknown (69 and 13.2%), and Hispanic or Latino (19 and 3.63%).

The largest universities in Rocky Mount, NC by number of degrees awarded are North Carolina Wesleyan University (584 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Rocky Mount, NC are General Business Administration & Management (167 and 28.6%), Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (107 and 18.3%), and Organizational Leadership (67 and 11.5%).

The median tuition cost in Rocky Mount, NC for private four year colleges is $33,952.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Rocky Mount, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 68.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 15.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 1,337 (49.3% men and 50.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 1,337 students enrolled in Rocky Mount, NC, 49.3% men and 50.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Black or African American with 537 records, of which 55.3% were women and 44.7% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Rocky Mount, NC was Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration with 89 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
584 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was North Carolina Wesleyan University with 584 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 213 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rocky Mount, NC, which is 0.574 times less than the 371 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Black or African American students. These 225 degrees mean that there were 1.24 times more degrees awarded to Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 181 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($33,952) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($400) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($300) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rocky Mount, NC was $137,800 in 2022, which is 0.489 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $114,400 to $137,800, a 20.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Rocky Mount, NC is 49.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Rocky Mount, NC have an average commute time of 21.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Rocky Mount, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Rocky Mount, NC is $50,092. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Rocky Mount, NC was Census Tract 106.01 with a value of $82,092, followed by Census Tract 111.01 and Census Tract 105.04, with respective values of $81,765 and $79,510.

Property

$137,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,585
$11,315
Median Property Taxes
±$958

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Rent vs Own

49.9%
Homeownership
2022
64.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 49.9% of the housing units in Rocky Mount, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 49.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 106.01
  2. Census Tract 111.01
  3. Census Tract 105.04

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rocky Mount, NC was Census Tract 106.01 with a value of $82,092, followed by Census Tract 111.01 and Census Tract 105.04, with respective values of $81,765 and $79,510.

The following map shows all of the places in Rocky Mount, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$50,092
Median Household Income
± $3,673
22.7k
Number of Households
± 1,531

In 2022, the median household income of the 22.7k households in Rocky Mount, NC grew to $50,092 from the previous year's value of $46,396.

The following chart displays the households in Rocky Mount, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rocky Mount, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.6%)
  2. Carpooled (7.34%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.62%)

In 2022, 82.6% of workers in Rocky Mount, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.34%) and those who worked at home (5.62%).

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Commute Time

21.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rocky Mount, NC have a shorter commute time (21.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.29% of the workforce in Rocky Mount, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

19.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rocky Mount, NC (10.5k out of 53.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rocky Mount, NC is Black, followed by White and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

89.4% of the population of Rocky Mount, NC has health coverage, with 36.5% on employee plans, 23.2% on Medicaid, 13.6% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 2.3% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Nash County, NC see 1924 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.46% increase from the previous year (1774 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1581 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 747 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,924 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Nash County, NC

Primary care physicians in Nash County, NC see an average of 1,924 patients per year. This represents a 8.46% increase from the previous year (1,774 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Nash County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.5% under 18 years, 20.5% between 18 and 34 years, 37.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.7% were men and 53.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.6%
Uninsured
36.5%
Employer Coverage
23.2%
Medicaid
13.6%
Medicare
13.8%
Non-Group
2.3%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rocky Mount, NC grew by 2.06% from 10.4% to 10.6%.

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