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.

Roanoke Rapids is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Roanoke Rapids is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Roanoke Rapids who work in office and administrative support (16.68%), sales jobs (12.11%), and healthcare (9.23%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Roanoke Rapids spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.74 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Roanoke Rapids is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.42% 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 $20,042, 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 $80,168 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 Tagalog.