Roanoke Rapids, NC
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Roanoke Rapids is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 15,345 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Roanoke Rapids is the 57th largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Roanoke Rapids is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Roanoke Rapids is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Roanoke Rapids who work in office and administrative support (14.95%), sales jobs (12.28%), and healthcare (9.06%).

One of the benefits of Roanoke Rapids is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.65 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, Roanoke Rapids is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.73% of adults 25 and older in Roanoke Rapids have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Roanoke Rapids in 2010 was $20,058, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $80,232 for a family of four. However, Roanoke Rapids contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Roanoke Rapids is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Roanoke Rapids home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Roanoke Rapids residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Roanoke Rapids include Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Roanoke Rapids is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.