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Rocky Mount is a city in Nash County. (The community straddles Nash and Edgecombe counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
The community was named for ledges along the Tar River.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in North Carolina named Rocky Mount. For links to other places called Rocky Mount, NC, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Rocky Mount is 35.938N. The longitude is -77.79W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 98 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 55,984.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Rocky Mount demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Nash County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Rocky Mount area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 27801 ZIP code.
4% of Rocky Mount residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Rocky Mount ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Rocky Mount was $17,804, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Rocky Mount residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Rocky Mount, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $334. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $935.
Libraries in Rocky Mount include Thomas Hackney Braswell Memorial Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Rocky Mount include Rocky Mount Telegram
TV stations in Rocky Mount include WRPX.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WRQM.
Nash County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Rocky Mount political report.
The average commute time for Rocky Mount workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 18 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Rocky Mount between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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