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Welcome to Rocky Mount ...

The city of Rocky Mount is primarily located in Edgecombe County<1>. A portion of Rocky Mount extends into Nash County.

When the people of Rocky Mount refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Rocky Mounter<2>

A typical abbreviation for Rocky Mount: Rocky Mt. (or less commonly used: Rocky Mnt.)

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Rocky Mount has a population of 53,881 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Rocky Mount.

Rocky Mount is 100 feet [30 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Rocky Mount lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Rocky Mount: (252)

Websites for Rocky Mount ...

Official Website:   www.ci.rocky-mount.nc.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.rockymountchamber.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Rocky Mount had an population of 53,881 people. This is a decrease of 6.26% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 3.6% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Rocky Mount had a population of 57,477 people (or 101.64% of the total population of Edgecombe County). This makes Rocky Mount the county's most populous community.

The population of Rocky Mount represents 0.6% of the population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 15th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 57,477 people, the population of Rocky Mount increased 2.83% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 55,893 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Rocky Mount.

Communities Also Named Rocky Mount ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 9 communities that are also named Rocky Mount - they are located in Alabama (2), Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri (2), South Carolina and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Rocky Mount.

Communities near Rocky Mount ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Rocky Mount.

  • Wilson [Wilson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilson
    • Wilson [Wilson County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Rocky Mount
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 49,479 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wilson
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wilson<6>
  • Tarboro [Edgecombe County]
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    • Tarboro [Edgecombe County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the east of Rocky Mount
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,575 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tarboro
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tarboro<6>
  • Nashville [Nash County]
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    • Nashville [Nash County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the west of Rocky Mount
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,572 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nashville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nashville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nashville<6>
  • Red Oak [Nash County]
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    • Red Oak [Nash County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northwest of Rocky Mount
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,492 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Oak have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Oak
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Enfield [Halifax County]
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      • Enfield [Halifax County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northeast of Rocky Mount
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,260 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Enfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Enfield<6>
    • Princeville [Edgecombe County]
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      • Princeville [Edgecombe County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the east of Rocky Mount
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,901 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Princeville
    • Spring Hope [Nash County]
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      • Spring Hope [Nash County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the west of Rocky Mount
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,319 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Hope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spring Hope<6>
    • Elm City [Wilson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elm City
      • Elm City [Wilson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the south of Rocky Mount
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,296 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elm City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elm City<6>
    • Pinetops [Edgecombe County]
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      • Pinetops [Edgecombe County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Rocky Mount
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,221 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pinetops
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pinetops<6>
    • Whitakers [Edgecombe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitakers
      • Whitakers [Edgecombe County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the north of Rocky Mount
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 700 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whitakers have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitakers
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whitakers<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Rocky Mount. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Rocky Mount.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Rocky Mount. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Rocky Mount.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Rocky Mount. Our list includes 15 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Rocky Mount.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Rocky Mount ...

Looking for more information about Rocky Mount? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Rocky Mount, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Rocky Mount.

Adding Rocky Mount to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Rocky Mount in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Rocky Mount was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Rocky Mount on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Rocky Mount on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Rocky Mount: www.ci.rocky-mount.nc.us/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Edgecombe, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Rocky Mount refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Rocky Mount may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rocky Mount.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rocky Mount - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rocky Mount) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rocky Mount. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rocky MountOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Mount. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9442, Longitude: -77.7945    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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