Rocky Mount, North Carolina Population 2024

54,157

Rocky Mount is a city located in Edgecombe County and Nash County North Carolina. Rocky Mount has a 2024 population of 54,157. Rocky Mount is currently growing at a rate of 0.13% annually but its population has decreased by -0.29% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 54,312 in 2020.

The average household income in Rocky Mount is $67,118 with a poverty rate of 19.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Rocky Mount is 40.4 years, 37.4 years for males, and 43.5 years for females.

Rocky Mount Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Rocky Mount was:

  • Black or African American: 62.15%
  • White: 29.73%
  • Two or more races: 3.69%
  • Other race: 2.69%
  • Asian: 1.25%
  • Native American: 0.42%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
Land Area (mi²)
44.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,225.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.29% (-155)
The current population of Rocky Mount, North Carolina is 54,157 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 54,312.

Rocky Mount, North Carolina Population 2024

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Rocky Mount Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American33,72062.15%
White16,13329.73%
Two or more races2,0003.69%
Other race1,4592.69%
Asian6801.25%
Native American2300.42%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander380.07%
showing: 7 rows

Black or African American

White

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Rocky Mount Population by Race

Rocky Mount Population Pyramid 2024

Rocky Mount Median Age

40.4

Total

37.4

Male

43.5

Female

Rocky Mount Adults

There are 42,501 adults, (10,377 of whom are seniors) in Rocky Mount.

Rocky Mount Age Dependency

68.9

Age Dependency Ratio

32.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Rocky Mount Sex Ratio

Female28,25352.07%
Male26,00747.93%

Rocky Mount Population by Age

Rocky Mount Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All22,6662.3549.950.1
Non Family9,0521.1243.556.5
Married7,0163.0975.624.4
Female5,1193.2631.668.4
Male1,4793.1430.569.5
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3.04

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

49.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Rocky Mount Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Rocky Mount Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Rocky Mount Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 82.86%.

Rocky Mount Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$34,826

Average Earnings

$40,533

Average Male

$32,706

Average Female

Rocky Mount Earnings by Educational Attainment

Rocky Mount Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Rocky Mount Language

95.46% of Rocky Mount residents speak only English, while 4.54% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.9% of the population.

Rocky Mount Language

Rocky Mount Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black33,2857,95923.91%
White15,2261,74911.49%
Other1,45443529.92%
Hispanic2,32130913.31%
Multiple1,9221447.49%
Native197147.11%
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19.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.72%

Male Poverty Rate

20.47%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Rocky Mount

The race most likely to be in poverty in Rocky Mount is Other, with 29.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Rocky Mount is Native, with 7.11% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.25%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.1%.

Rocky Mount Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade34.87%
High School23.78%
Some College13.01%
Bachelors or Greater3.48%
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Rocky Mount Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed23.58%
Male Unemployed21.3%
Female Employed10.74%
Male Employed7.34%
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Rocky Mount Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Rocky Mount Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Rocky Mount Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

33.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.2%

Male Marriage Rate

31.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Rocky Mount Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Rocky Mount Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Rocky Mount Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Rocky Mount Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

3,655

Number of Veterans

3,219

Male Veterans

436

Female Veterans

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Rocky Mount Veterans by War

count

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Rocky Mount Veterans by Age

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Rocky Mount Veterans by Race

Rocky Mount Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

10.55%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.78%

Veteran Disability Rate

Rocky Mount Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

59.4%

Labor Force Participation

54.7%

Employment Rate

7.8%

Unemployment Rate

Rocky Mount Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Rocky Mount Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Rocky Mount Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

73.16%

Born in Rocky Mount

96.98%

Native Born

3.02%

Foreign Born

1.61%

Non Citizen

1.42%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.98% of Rocky Mount residents were born in the United States, with 73.16% having been born in North Carolina. 1.61% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Rocky Mount Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202954,517720.13%
202854,445720.13%
202754,373720.13%
202654,301720.13%
202554,229720.13%
202454,157720.13%
202354,085720.13%
202254,013720.13%
202153,941-371-0.68%
202054,3124310.8%
201953,881-379-0.7%
201854,260-409-0.75%
201754,669-359-0.65%
201655,02880.01%
201555,020-877-1.57%
201455,897-417-0.74%
201356,314-431-0.76%
201256,745-669-1.17%
201157,414-273-0.47%
201057,6871,7943.21%
200055,8936,89614.07%
199048,9977,47117.99%
198041,5267,24221.12%
197034,2842,1376.65%
196032,1474,45016.07%
195027,6972,1298.33%
194025,5684,15619.41%
193021,4128,67068.04%
192012,7424,69158.27%
19108,0515,114174.12%
19002,937
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Rocky Mount Population by Year