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Rocky Mount, NC

Located 55 miles east of Raleigh, North Carolina, Rocky Mount is located on the state's coastal plains and is home to more than 60,000 people. The city was incorporated in 1867, covers approximately 35 square miles, and has a number of historic structures with Colonial, Greek Revival, and Craftsman architectural styles, among others. Though the municipality enjoys a relatively low cost of living index, nearly 20 percent of the population lives at or below the poverty level, and the city has a crime rate almost double the U.S. average. Rocky Mount is home to a small but growing arts community, a number of highly popular regional events, and two institutions of higher education.


In Rocky Mount, educational services and health care each employ nearly 20 percent of the population, with hotel and food services accounting for another 15 percent of the workforce. The city is home to two primary hospitals and medical centers, Lifecare Hospitals of North Carolina and Nash General Hospital. A large portion of the population works in blue-collar positions, with the median household income below that of the state.

Some of Rocky Mount's largest employers include:




Rocky Mount is home to North Carolina Wesleyan College, a private, liberal arts college that offers bachelor's degrees and enrolls more than 2,000 students annually. Nash Community College, which offers associate's degrees and enrolls more than 1,000 annually, is also located in Rocky Mount.


The Rocky Mount community is served by the local daily The Rocky Mountain Telegram. The city also has eight local broadcast radio stations and three local broadcast television stations, and it receives stations from a number of neighboring markets, including Raleigh and Greenville.

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