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Rocky Mount, Virginia

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Welcome to Rocky Mount ...

The town of Rocky Mount is located in Franklin County and is the County Seat for Franklin County.

The location of Rocky Mount has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

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 2017, Rocky Mount has a population of 4,764 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 lies within the (540) area code.

Population Details ...

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 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).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Rocky Mount had an population of 4,764 people. This is a decrease of 0.73% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 17.17% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Rocky Mount ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance as if you drove.<5>.

Community   2017
Boones Mill   [Map]   235   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
Ferrum   [Map]   ---   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Henry   [Map]   ---   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
North Shore   [Map]   ---   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Oak Level   [Map]   ---   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
Radford   [Map]   ---   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby 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), North Carolina and South Carolina.

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

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Rocky Mount. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Rocky Mount. Our list includes 12 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Rocky Mount:

Websites for Rocky Mount ...

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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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>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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<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.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rocky Mount.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rocky Mount - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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 Mount

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Mount. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.0044, Longitude: -79.8854     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rocky Mount have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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