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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B-
Roanoke Rapids is a town in North Carolina with a population of 14,937. Roanoke Rapids is in Halifax County. Living in Roanoke Rapids offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Roanoke Rapids there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Roanoke Rapids and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$112,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$704
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Roanoke Rapids Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    585.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    27.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    55.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    222.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,156.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,608.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    153.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%

Working in Roanoke Rapids

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,495
National
$55,322
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I wish I could say anything positive about this town. There is little "life" or community, or even recreation here. Any trace of fun or enjoyment is steadily declining every year. This town used to be in its peak decades ago, when the local mills were still in operation, allowing for the local economy to thrive and including many recreational activities and community activities. Every year, businesses and such close and the town further regresses. The drug problem grows larger with the influx of gateway drugs and heroin issues, with many neighborhoods also degrading into poverty and gun violence, coupled with the presence of gangs. The schools are alright, education is not the best, possibly decent overall, but the children do receive some pleasure in their buildings that are cleaner than the surrounding area. This town is not meant for others to succeed, many of those residing here end up staying here and repeating a cycle of misery, poverty, etc. with little to look up to.
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Roanoke Rapids has been my home for all of twenty two years. I am comfortable in this town due to it being my safe place. My parents grew up in this town as well as their parents. Roanoke Rapids is a small, southern town. We have a small movie theater, a Walmart shopping center, and plenty of restaurants. Beyond this, there isn't much Roanoke Rapids can offer you. We have two elementary schools as well as one middle school and one high school. If I were to change anything about this community it would be that children and young teens need some fun things to experience around here. In past years we have been the home to a skating rink and bowling ally but both were closed down. In addition, job opportunities are scarce.
Roanoke Rapids is very much behind times. The stinking paper mill stinks up the entire town and the towns around it (like Gaston & Weldon). We very much need to get rid of the Paper Mill. Move the paper mill down river to Scotland Neck or someplace. Roanoke Rapids is the hub of Halifax and Northampton Counties and no one wants to move here because it is the stinky town. Ask any outsider if they have heard of Roanoke Rapids and they will say something like "isn't that the town that smells so terrible when I'm driving on I-95?" Yes that's us. Our pubic school systems are consistently ranked at the bottom of the State. It is very hard to attract quality educators and entrepreneurs to our town when we are only known as the smelly town.