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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.


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Median household income
Local
$32,661
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Rocky Mount demographic reports
Rocky Mount is on the Tar River.
The Hardee's restaurant chain was founded here. The first company-owned restaurant offered 15-cent hamburgers and 10-cent coffee
Public transportation: Tar River Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 459. The number of murders and homicides was 7. The violent crime rate was 8.1 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Thelonious Monk, jazz musician
· Buck Leonard, baseball player
Local festivals include:
  • Rocky Mount Agricultural Fair - Sept. 21-29, 2007
  • DownEast Festival - Oct. 13, 2007
Dates often change. Check Rocky Mount web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Children's Museum, Spring Hope Historical Museum
Colleges and universities: North Carolina Wesleyan College, Nash Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 63

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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.

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Ancestry & family history

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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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Rocky Mount was $17,804, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

20% of Rocky Mount residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Rocky Mount, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $334.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $935.


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Libraries in Rocky Mount include Thomas Hackney Braswell Memorial Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Rocky Mount include Rocky Mount Telegram

TV stations in Rocky Mount include WRPX.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WRQM.

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Politics

Nash County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Rocky Mount political report.

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Traffic

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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