Rocky Mount, North Carolina Population 2020

53,524

Rocky Mount is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 53,524, it is the 19th largest city in North Carolina and the 743rd largest city in the United States. Rocky Mount is currently declining at a rate of -0.67% annually and its population has decreased by -6.88% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 57,477 in 2010. Rocky Mount reached it's highest population of 57,685 in 2010. Spanning over 44 miles, Rocky Mount has a population density of 1,211 people per square mile.

The average household income in Rocky Mount is $56,291 with a poverty rate of 21.02%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $784 per month, and the median house value is $109,500. The median age in Rocky Mount is 38.2 years, 36.3 years for males, and 39.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 82.5 males.

Rocky Mount Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 64.02%
  • White: 29.54%
  • Two or more races: 2.94%
  • Other race: 1.86%
  • Asian: 1.25%
  • Native American: 0.24%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.14%
The current population of Rocky Mount, North Carolina is 53,524, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 54,242.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 57,477.

Rocky Mount, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020144,525-748-0.52%
2019145,273-748-0.51%
2018146,021-748-0.51%
2017146,769-476-0.32%
2016147,245-304-0.21%
2015147,549-1,542-1.05%
2014149,091-772-0.52%
2013149,863-1,004-0.67%
2012150,867-921-0.61%
2011151,788-627-0.41%
2010152,4150.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American35,20264.02%
White16,24329.54%
Two or More Races1,6172.94%
Some Other Race1,0251.86%
Asian6881.25%
American Indian and Alaska Native1320.24%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander750.14%

Rocky Mount Population Pyramid 2020

Rocky Mount Median Age

38.2


Total

36.3


Male

39.6


Female

Rocky Mount Adults

There are 41,827 adults, (9,136 of whom are seniors) in Rocky Mount.

Rocky Mount Age Dependency

68.2

Age Dependency Ratio

27.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Rocky Mount Sex Ratio

Female

30,133

54.81%

Male

24,849

45.19%

Rocky Mount Households and Families

Rocky Mount Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Rocky Mount Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.9%22.1%
All51.9%48.1%
Non Family40.5%59.5%
Male38.7%61.3%
Female33.3%66.7%

51.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All21,9682.4551.9
Non Family7,9051.1740.5
Married7,7003.177.9
Female5,0673.2433.3
Male1,2963.2938.7

3.04

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

8.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Rocky Mount Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,6314.43%
9th to 12th Grade4,20511.42%
High School Graduate12,28733.37%
Some College7,73221.00%
Associates Degree3,4649.41%
Bachelors Degree4,98513.54%
Graduate Degree2,5136.83%

Rocky Mount Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black22,80918,5583,271
White11,90010,8163,629
Hispanic1,147741191
Other Race539403122
Asian467439285
Multiple Races42535485
Native American113886
Islander1818

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 61.03%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,855$36,782$26,418
Less Than High School$19,250$22,020$15,464
High School Grad$24,238$29,045$19,342
Some College$29,852$40,547$26,347
Bachelors Degree$46,455$51,934$39,177
Graduate Degree$46,571$77,824$40,850

$29,855

Average Earnings

$36,782

Average Male

$26,418

Average Female

Rocky Mount Language

Rocky Mount Language by Age

Rocky Mount Language

95.28% of Rocky Mount residents speak only English, while 4.72% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.73% of the population.

Rocky Mount Poverty

Rocky Mount Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black34,5699,01926.09%
White15,0331,3418.92%
Multiple1,49647932.02%
Hispanic1,92347024.44%
Other99816416.43%
Asian685294.23%

21.02%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.73%

Male Poverty Rate

23.73%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Rocky Mount

The race most likely to be in poverty in Rocky Mount is Multiple, with 32.02% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Rocky Mount is Asian, with 4.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.15%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.22%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.40%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.84%
High School23.64%
Some College10.17%
Bachelors or Greater4.40%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed34.39%
Male Unemployed19.73%
Female Employed14.71%
Male Employed7.34%

Rocky Mount Income

Rocky Mount Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,665$56,291
Families$50,529$67,542
Married Families$71,963-
Non Families$23,074$32,129

Rocky Mount Marital Status

Rocky Mount Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.4%

Male Marriage Rate

33.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Rocky Mount Married by Age and Sex

Rocky Mount Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Rocky Mount Marital Status by Race

Rocky Mount Veterans

3,496

Number of Veterans

3,057

Male Veterans

439

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,224
First Gulf War762
Second Gulf War668
Korea212
World War II125
Age Group Veterans
65 to 74947
35 to 54917
55 to 64765
75+512
18 to 34355
Name Veterans % of Total
Black1,9127.31%
White1,43710.58%
2 or More10713.70%
Indian2723.89%
Other132.35%
Hispanic70.54%

$Rocky Mount Veterans by Education

5.93%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.99%

Veteran Disability Rate

Rocky Mount Employment Status

59.8%

Labor Force Participation

54.8%

Employment Rate

8.3%

Unemployment Rate

Rocky Mount Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

75.54%

Born in North Carolina

96.14%

Native Born

3.86%

Foreign Born

2.47%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.14% of Rocky Mount residents were born in the United States, with 75.54% having been born in North Carolina. 2.47% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202053,524-359-0.67%
201953,883-359-0.66%
201854,242-440-0.80%
201754,682-359-0.65%
201655,041-11-0.02%
201555,052-867-1.55%
201455,919-416-0.74%
201356,335-422-0.74%
201256,757-658-1.15%
201157,415-270-0.47%
201057,6851,7920.32%
200055,8936,8961.33%
199048,9977,4711.67%
198041,5267,2421.93%
197034,2842,1370.65%
196032,1474,4501.50%
195027,6972,1290.80%
194025,5684,1561.79%
193021,4128,6705.33%
192012,7424,6914.70%
19108,0515,11410.61%
19002,9370.00%