Roanoke Rapids, NC

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Population

72,726

1.02% decline

Median Age

44.6


Median Household Income

$33,558

4.11% growth

Poverty Rate

26.4%


Number of Employees

26,606

0.946% decline

Median Property Value

$85,300

0.929% decline

About

In 2017, Roanoke Rapids, NC had a population of 72.7k people with a median age of 44.6 and a median household income of $33,558. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Roanoke Rapids, NC declined from 73,477 to 72,726, a -1.02% decrease and its median household income grew from $32,234 to $33,558, a 4.11% increase.

The population of Roanoke Rapids, NC is 53.8% Black or African American Alone, 38.6% White Alone, and 2.67% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. N/A% of the people in Roanoke Rapids, NC speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Halifax Community College (625 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Roanoke Rapids, NC is $85,300, and the homeownership rate is 64.9%. Most people in Roanoke Rapids, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Roanoke Rapids, NC is 2 cars per household.

Roanoke Rapids, NC borders Rocky Mount, NC and Raleigh, NC.

Economy

The economy of Roanoke Rapids, NC employs 26.6k people. The largest industries in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Manufacturing (5,111 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,331 people), and Retail Trade (2,946 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($55,469), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,667), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,083).

Median household income in Roanoke Rapids, NC is $33,558. Males in Roanoke Rapids, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in Roanoke Rapids, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$33,558

2017 value

± $1,149

4.11%

1 Year Growth

± 5.27%

Households in Roanoke Rapids, NC have a median annual income of $33,558, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $32,234 in 2016, which represents a 4.11% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Roanoke Rapids, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Union County, NC with a value of $77,691, followed by Wake County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $77,318 and $69,940.

The following map shows all of the counties in Roanoke Rapids, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Roanoke Rapids, NC (18.6k out of 70.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    12,882 ± 677

  2. White

    4,267 ± 446

  3. Native American

    790 ± 138

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Roanoke Rapids, NC is Black, followed by White and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

26.6k

2017 Value

± 1,130

-0.946%

1 Year decline

± 5.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined at a rate of -0.946%, from 26.9k employees to 26.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Roanoke Rapids, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,315 people), Production Occupations (2,920 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,441 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Roanoke Rapids, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Roanoke Rapids, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,315 people), Production Occupations (2,920 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,441 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Roanoke Rapids, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.41 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.89 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.79 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Roanoke Rapids, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($125,370), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($59,479), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($57,902).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

26.6k

2017 Value

± 1,130

-0.946%

1 Year decline

± 5.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined at a rate of -0.946%, from 26.9k employees to 26.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Roanoke Rapids, NC, are Manufacturing (5,111 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,331 people), and Retail Trade (2,946 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Roanoke Rapids, NC, though some of these residents may live in Roanoke Rapids, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Roanoke Rapids, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (5,111 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,331 people), and Retail Trade (2,946 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Roanoke Rapids, NC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.9 times), and Public Administration (1.59 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Roanoke Rapids, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($55,469), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,667), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,083).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($35.3B) and Machinery ($34.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87% of the population of Roanoke Rapids, NC has health coverage, with 34.4% on employee plans, 23.5% on Medicaid, 15.5% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.34% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Roanoke Rapids, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Roanoke Rapids, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13%

Uninsured

34.4%

Employer Coverage

23.5%

Medicaid

15.5%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

1.34%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined by 3.36% from 13.4% to 13%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Roanoke Rapids, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Roanoke Rapids, NC is home to a population of 72.7k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.78% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.3k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Roanoke Rapids, NC is composed of 39.1k Black or African American Alone residents (53.8%), 28.1k White Alone residents (38.6%), 1.94k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.67%), 1.87k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.57%), 1.16k Two or More Races residents (1.6%), 500 Asian Alone residents (0.688%), 23 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0316%), and 4 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0055%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Roanoke Rapids, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 44.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Roanoke Rapids, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Roanoke Rapids, NC residents was 44.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.78%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.3k people

1.73%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.27k people

As of 2017, 1.78% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents (1.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 1.73%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

99%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.9% of Roanoke Rapids, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Roanoke Rapids, NC was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    39.1k ± 334

  2. White Alone

    28.1k ± 4

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    1.94k ± 80

In 2017, there were 1.39 times more Black or African American Alone residents (39.1k people) in Roanoke Rapids, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 28.1k White Alone and 1.94k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Roanoke Rapids, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Roanoke Rapids, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Roanoke Rapids, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Roanoke Rapids, NC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,485 ± 184

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    481 ± 146

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    459 ± 130

Roanoke Rapids, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC awarded 625 degrees. The student population of Roanoke Rapids, NC is skewed towards women, with 434 male students and 702 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Black or African American (374 and 59.8%), followed by White (222 and 35.5%), American Indian or Alaska Native (9 and 1.44%), and Hispanic or Latino (8 and 1.28%).

The largest universities in Roanoke Rapids, NC by number of degrees awarded are Halifax Community College (625 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Roanoke Rapids, NC are Plumber (57 and 9.12%), Medical Office Management (56 and 8.96%), and Other Electromechanical, Instrumentation, & Maintenance Technology (55 and 8.8%).

The median tuition costs in Roanoke Rapids, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Plumber with 57 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Roanoke Rapids, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

625 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Roanoke Rapids, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Halifax Community College with 625 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

323

Degrees Awarded to Men

302

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 323 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Roanoke Rapids, NC, which is 1.07 times more than the 302 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    374 degrees awarded

  2. White

    222 degrees awarded

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    9 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Roanoke Rapids, NC were to Black or African American students. These 374 degrees mean that there were 1.68 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 222 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Roanoke Rapids, NC was $85,300 in 2017, which is 0.392 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $86,100 to $85,300, a 0.929% decrease. The homeownership rate in Roanoke Rapids, NC is 64.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Roanoke Rapids, NC have an average commute time of 24.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Roanoke Rapids, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$33,558

Median Household Income

± $1,149

30k

Number of Households

± 1,102

In 2017, the median household income of the 30k households in Roanoke Rapids, NC grew to $33,558 from the previous year's value of $32,234.

The following chart displays the households in Roanoke Rapids, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$85,300

2017 Median

± $2,610

$86,100

2016 Median

± $2,807

In 2017, the median property value in Roanoke Rapids, NC declined from to $85,300 from the previous year's value of $86,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Roanoke Rapids, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Roanoke Rapids, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Roanoke Rapids, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Roanoke Rapids, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

64.9%

2017 Homeownership

64.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.9% of the housing units in Roanoke Rapids, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Roanoke Rapids, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Roanoke Rapids, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Roanoke Rapids, NC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

24.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Roanoke Rapids, NC have a shorter commute time (24.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.47% of the workforce in Roanoke Rapids, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.5%

  2. Carpooled

    11.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.19%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Roanoke Rapids, NC was Drove Alone (83.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.8%) and those who Worked At Home (2.19%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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