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Welcome to Rocky Mount ...

The town of Rocky Mount is located in Franklin County<1> and is the County Seat for Franklin 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 4,724 people<3> (see below for details).

Rocky Mount was established in 1760.

The community of Rocky Mount is 1,140 feet [347 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Rocky Mount is located in the (540) area code.

Websites for Rocky Mount ...

Official Website: www.rockymountva.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Rocky Mount had an population of 4,724 people. This is a decrease of 1.56% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 16.18% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Rocky Mount had a population of 4,799 people (or 8.55% of the total population of Franklin County). This makes Rocky Mount the county's most populous community.

The population of Rocky Mount represents 0.06% of the total population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 66th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,799 people, the population of Rocky Mount increased 18.03% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,066 people).

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

Adding Rocky Mount to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

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, we also found mention of Rocky Mount elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

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), North Carolina and South Carolina.

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.

  • Roanoke [Roanoke City]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roanoke
    • Roanoke [Roanoke City] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the north of Rocky Mount
    • Estimated population in 2019: 99,143 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roanoke
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roanoke<6>
  • Radford [Bedford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Radford
    • Radford [Bedford County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northeast of Rocky Mount
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Radford have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Radford
  • Vinton [Roanoke County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vinton
    • Vinton [Roanoke County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the north of Rocky Mount
    • Estimated population in 2019: 8,104 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vinton have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vinton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vinton<6>
  • Boones Mill [Franklin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boones Mill
    • Boones Mill [Franklin County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Rocky Mount
    • Estimated population in 2019: 233 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boones Mill
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boones Mill<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Sydnorsville [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sydnorsville
      • Sydnorsville [Franklin County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the south of Rocky Mount
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sydnorsville
    • Burnt Chimney [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burnt Chimney
      • Burnt Chimney [Franklin County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Rocky Mount
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burnt Chimney
    • Ferrum [Franklin County]
    • Algoma [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Algoma
      • Algoma [Franklin County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the west of Rocky Mount
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Algoma
    • Union Hall [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union Hall
      • Union Hall [Franklin County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the east of Rocky Mount
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union Hall have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union Hall
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Union Hall<6>
    • Henry [Franklin County]

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 12 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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Franklin County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Rocky Mount: www.rockymountva.org/

The official website for Franklin County: www.franklincountyva.org/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Franklin, 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 town'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' (or point-to-point) 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, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rocky Mount

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Mount. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.9976, Longitude: -79.8919    
<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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