Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

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Roanoke Rapids is a city located in Halifax County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 16,957.

Geography

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Location of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

Roanoke Rapids is located at 36°27'16" North, 77°39'17" West (36.454528, -77.654822)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.4 km² (7.9 mi²). 20.3 km² (7.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.51% water.

It is located on the Roanoke River at the fall line, which marks the area where an upland region (continental bedrock) and a coastal plain (coastal alluvia) meet. The fall line is typically prominent where a river crosses it, for there will usually be rapids or waterfalls. Because of these features river boats typically can not travel any further inland. Because of the need of a port, and ready supply of water power, settlements often developed where the river crosses the fall line.

The most prominent example of fall line settlement was the establishment of the cities along the eastern coast of the United States where the Appalachian Rise and the coastal plains meet.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 16,957 people, 6,909 households, and 4,594 families residing in the city. The population density is 835.1/km² (2,163.8/mi²). There are 7,595 housing units at an average density of 374.0/km² (969.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 72.03% White, 24.87% African American, 0.58% Native American, 1.42% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 6,909 households out of which 32.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% are married couples living together, 16.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% are non-families. 29.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.42 and the average family size is 3.00.

In the city the population is spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 77.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $28,745, and the median income for a family is $40,337. Males have a median income of $31,756 versus $21,305 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,972. 18.8% of the population and 15.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 25.2% of those under the age of 18 and 16.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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