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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Rocky Mount is a town in North Carolina with a population of 55,373. Rocky Mount is in Nash County. Living in Rocky Mount offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rocky Mount there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rocky Mount and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$104,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$748
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Rocky Mount Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    591.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    24
    6.1
  • Rape
    25
    40.7
  • Robbery
    160.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    784
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,946.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    184.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in Rocky Mount

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$37,607
National
$55,322
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Rocky Mount Reviews

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Rocky Mount has changed for the better in the past 5 years or so. The Mills has really added a new dimension to the city as a place for young professionals to gather and network. Downtown is slowly but surely revitalizing with small business owners relocating there. Otherwise Rocky Mount is not really a small town but more of a small city. Your experience of it will differ depending on where you live. Very generally speaking, the west side of the city is safer than the east side. A lot of people also live outside the city itself but commute in for amenities and work. Buying a house here is insanely affordable compared to bigger cities. Not sure how long that will last. Do not have experience with the schools but there seems to be enough choices if you take an active interest in your child's education.
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As a Black Latino queer person who has just recently moved into the area, I can say that the price range to owning a house or renting an apartment is actually pretty affordable compare to other areas within the state such as Raleigh/Durham or the Charlotte metro are which has a much higher price range. The environment is predominantly conservative though because of the older age demographic but there is a growing number of people from outside the Rocky Mount/Tarboro area who firmly putting roots down and calling it home. Overall, I would say the area is beginning to grow and the downtown area is undergoing a revitalization process so to attract more business and newcomers into the area. The only major thing I would say that the city can improve is increasing more resources and spaces for openly LGBTQ identified residents who are wanting to call the area home and not wanting to deal with the high prices of housing/rent that is common in the Raleigh/Durham area.
It's difficult living in Rocky Mount because you never know what could happen while doing something simple such as shopping, going to school playing with children. It's so much crime and for its name to be Murder Mount it's dangerous as ever. I wish I could change the poverty rate because they're so many people who are homeless, broke and in debt right now. It's very sad I also wish I could change the crime rate also so people won't be scared to walk, have fun and other things without having to look over their shoulders every second. I just want to make it out of here by going to college and changing the ways people view my home town.