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Encyclopedia > Rocky Mount, North Carolina
City of Rocky Mount
Official seal of City of Rocky Mount
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Nickname: None
Location of Rocky Mount within North Carolina
Location of Rocky Mount within North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°56′16″N 77°47′26″W / 35.93778, -77.79056
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Nash, Edgecombe
Founded Circa March 22, 1816
Incorporated February 28, 1867
Government
 - Mayor Frederick E. Turnage
Area
 - City 35.8 sq mi (92.7 km²)
 - Land 35.6 sq mi (92.1 km²)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km²)  0.59%
 - Urban 41 sq mi (106 km²)
 - Metro 1,050 sq mi (2,718 km²)
Elevation 100 ft (31 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 55,893
 - Density 1,571.4/sq mi (606.7/km²)
 - Urban 61,657
 - Metro 143,026
 - Metro Density 136/sq mi (53/km²)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 27801
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-57500GR2
GNIS feature ID 1022368GR3
Website: www.rockymountnc.gov

Rocky Mount is an All-America City Award winning community located in the coastal plains of North Carolina. Although it was not formally incorporated until February 28, 1867, the North Carolina community that became the city of Rocky Mount dates from the beginning of the 19th century, and the first post office in the area opened in 1816. The city straddles the county line, with part of it in Nash County and part of it in Edgecombe County. In 1996, the town of Battleboro merged with the city of Rocky Mount. Rocky Mount is the principal city of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population as of 2000 of 143,026 and which encompasses all of both Edgecombe and Nash counties and the city of Rocky Mount itself. Rocky Mount is also apart of a combined metro area which consist of both Rocky Mount and Wilson Metropolitan Areas. The Rocky Mount-Wilson Metro population is currently over 200,000 residents. As of the 2001 census, the city had a total population of 57,150. The city is about 45 minutes away from Raleigh, North Carolina, which has a population of over 300,000 and is the capital of North Carolina. Rocky Mount is also sometimes considered apart of The Triangle area Image File history File links Acap. ... Image File history File links Rocky_mount. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias NC county maps by Seth Ilys. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... 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The City of Rocky Mount has a growing arts community. The City operates an Arts Center, a Children's Museum & Science Center, and a Community Theatre at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 92.7 km² (35.8 mi²). 92.1 km² (35.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (0.59%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Education

The City of Rocky Mount is served by the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System, along with a number of private and charter schools in the area. Post-secondary institutions include Nash Community College, North Carolina Wesleyan College and Edgecombe Community College. North Carolina Wesleyan College is a four-year coeducational, liberal arts college, located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. ...


Nash-Rocky Mount Schools include Parker Middle School, Edwards Junior High School, Rocky Mount High School, D.S.Johnson Elementary School, Englewood Elementary School, Northern Nash High School, Southern Nash High School, Nash Central High School, Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School, O.R. Pope Elementary School, Susie C. Baskerville Elementary School, Winstead Avenue Elementary School, Rocky Mount Prep School and Nash Central Middle School.


The private schools located in Rocky Mount are: Rocky Mount Academy, Faith Christian School and Falls Road Baptist School.


One N.C. charter school is located in Rocky Mount: Rocky Mount Preparatory School.


Highways/Major Roads

There are 3 major highways that intersect in Rocky Mount: U.S. Route 64, Interstate 95, and US 301. Interstate 95 runs through a portion of West Rocky Mount, US 64 runs east to west through Rocky Mount, and US 301 runs north to south through Rocky Mount. Buck Leonard Blvd is also a 4-lane divided highway in Rocky Mount that connects Sunset Ave to US 64. US 64 puts Rocky Mount less than 45 minutes east of Raleigh, and US 301 puts Rocky Mount 15 minutes north of the city of Wilson. U.S. Highway 64 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 2,326 miles (3,743 km) from eastern North Carolina to just southwest of the Four Corners in northeast Arizona. ... Interstate 95 is a major interstate highway, running along the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine. ... See also Raleigh, North Carolina and Sir Walter Raleigh. ... As a surname, Wilson is derived from William, an old Germanic name. ...


Interstate 95 Exits: N.C 4, Dortches. Blvd, and U.S 64


U.S 64 Exits: Raleigh. St, Atlantic. Ave, Centura. Hwy/Church. St, Benvenue. Rd/Peachtree. St, U.S 301(Wesleyan. Blvd) Buck Leonard. Blvd TO Sunset. Ave, Winstead. Ave, Interstate 95, and Old Carraige. Rd


U.S 301 (Wesleyan. Blvd) Exits: Benvenue. Rd, U.S 64, Sunset. Ave, Bethelehem. Rd, West Mount. Dr, and N.C 97(Raleigh. Rd).


Shopping

Golden East Crossing: The Golden East Crossing mall is one of the biggest malls east of Raleigh. It has seen a rise in growth in shoppers and stores. Three new stores were added to the mall in 2007. There are many major stores in the mall, including Belk, Sears, JCPenney, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ross Dress for Less, Best Buy, Embarq, and Books-A-Million. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...


Cobbs Corners: Cobb Corners is a major shopping complex in Rocky Mount. It is home to many major stores such as: Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Goodys, Dollar Tree, Michael's, Circuit City, and Office Depot.


Other shopping centers in Rocky Mount are: Oakwood Shopping Center, Eastridge Shopping Center, Walnut Shopping Center, Crossroads Shopping Center, Edgecombe Shopping Center, Ford's Colony Shopping Center, Crossing@64 Shopping Center, Sutters Creek Plaza, Benvenue Plaza, Beavers Pond Centre, Rock Mount Towne Center, and many others.


Rocky Mount's Inner City/Crime Issues

The city of Rocky Mount is currently receiving an 40 million dollar budget to rebuild its inner city neighborhoods. Rocky Mount's inner city neighborhoods are home to much of the city's African American population. The area has a lot of run-down and abandoned housing, and abandoned warehouses, and mills due to the decline in businesses after the 1999 Hurricane Floyd. Most of the crime in the city takes place in the inner city neighborhoods. The area also has an high poverty percentage.


Crime in the inner city part of Rocky Mount is higher than the state average. Currently the city has the highest crime rate in the state of North Carolina. The area has been experiencing "white flight" due to the rise in crime, and gang activity in the area. Other cities in North Carolina such as, Fayetteville, Durham, Gastonia, and Greensboro has been seeing a rise in crime also. White flight is a term for the demographic trend where working- and middle-class white people move away from increasingly racial-minority inner-city neighborhoods to white suburbs and exurbs. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Fayetteville is the name of several places in the United States of America. ... Durham (IPA: locally, in RP) is a small city and main settlement of the City of Durham district of County Durham in North East England. ... Gastonia may be: Places include: Gastonia, North Carolina Gastonia (plant), a genus of plants in the family Araliaceae. ... Greensboro is the name of some places in the United States of America: Greensboro, Alabama Greensboro, Florida Greensboro, Georgia Greensboro, Maryland Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro, Pennsylvania Greensboro, Vermont This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


Demographics

There were 51,082 households out of which 45.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 30.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.11. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $62,661, and the median income for a family was $39,929. Males had a median income of $41,455 versus $34,409 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,804. In 2001 it had a population of 57,150. The population density was 606.7/km² (1,571.4/mi²). There were 70,000 housing units at an average density of 262.3/km² (679.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 100% White, 100% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 100% of the population. In addition, a significant portion of the population, regardless of race, has hereditary links to various Amerindian groups. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the color. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Asian people[1] is a demonym for people from Asia. ... Pacific Islands (or Pacific Person, pl: Pacific People, also called Oceanic[s]), is a geographic term used in several places, such as New Zealand and the United States, to describe the inhabitants of any of the three major sub-regions of Oceania. ... Hispanic flag, not widely used. ... For the Brazilian pop singer, see Latino (singer). ... Native Americans (also Indians, Aboriginal Peoples, American Indians, First Nations, Alaskan Natives, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the indigenous inhabitants of The Americas prior to the European colonization, and their modern descendants. ...


Growth & Development

Rocky Mount is a growing area, with many new residents settling in the area and several developments in the works. Billboards nickname Rocky Mount "The City on the Rise" and also "Remarkable Rocky Mount." The city of Rocky Mount is currently in the works of constructing a new multi-lane highway called the Northern Connector which will connect West Rocky Mount to North Rocky Mount. The highway is being built to settle traffic on Wesleyan. Blvd, and other roads in the Northern Rocky Mount area Image File history File links Emblem-important. ...


current demographics include white people 20%, African-Americans, 60%, and Mexicans 30%


Flood

In the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd in 1999, 30% of Rocky Mount was estimated to be under water due to the flooding of the Tar River and Stoney Creek. Pictures Lowest pressure 921 mbar (hPa; 27. ... The Tar River is a river that is approximately 346 kilometers (215 miles) long, of northeast North Carolina flowing generally southeast to an estuary of Pamlico Sound. ...


Famous Rocky Mount Natives

  • J.J. Arrington, NFL running back
  • Thurbert Baker, current Attorney General of the state of Georgia.
  • Herman Boone, the coach on which the movie Remember the Titans was based, was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on October 28, 1935. Boone graduated from Booker T. Washington High School (later re-named Rocky Mount Senior High School) in 1954. He coached high school football in Virginia and North Carolina.
  • Jim Clack, center for the 1970's Terry Bradshaw-led Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Roy Cooper, current Attorney General of the state of North Carolina.
  • Harold "Pinky" Durham, Posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism on October 17, 1967. Born in Rocky Mount October 12, 1942.
  • Mike Easley, current Governor of the state of North Carolina.
  • Kaye Gibbons, Critically Acclaimed Novelist
  • Allan Gurganus, the American writer whose work is often set in North Carolina, was born in Rocky Mount in 1947.
  • William B. Harrison, Jr. Chairman of JPMorgan Chase.
  • Earle Hyman was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on October 11, 1926. He is best known for his role as Russell Huxtable, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable's father, on the The Cosby Show.
  • Kay Kyser,big band leader of the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Walter Fenner Leonard, better known as Buck Leonard, was a famous Negro League first baseman.
  • Thelonious Monk, famous jazz musician.
  • Henry B. Thorpe, Jr., better known as "Bo Thorpe", was born in Rocky Mount on January 4, 1937. He was the Leader of the Bo Thorpe Orchestra from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990. He was also a decorated hero as Company Commander of Delta Company 2/7th Cav. in Vietnam, during the Ia Drang campaign.
  • Harold Vick, jazz bandleader and session-man, best known for his first solo album Steppin' Out (1963) and his appearance in the Spike Lee film School Daze backing vocalist Phyllis Hyman.
  • Charles Linwood Williams, better known as "Buck Williams", was born in Rocky Mount on March 8, 1960, and was the 1982 NBA Rookie of the Year and a 3-time NBA All-Star. Buck was also a President of NBA Players Association.
  • Bill Winters, b. September 9, 1940 in Rocky Mount NC. Bill was a radio disc jockey starting his career at WEED-AM in Rocky Mount NC and working in many major markets including WCBS-FM 101.3 in New York City. Bill died November 26, 1975 at the age of 35.
  • Lena Bullock Davis, notable folk artist memorialized in Rocky Mount's Arts Centre.
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead, rising Hollywood star born in 1984, her most notable roles are in Sky High, Final Destination 3, Black Christmas, Grindhouse - Death Proof, Live Free or Die Hard.
  • SunsetGreetsTheMoon, 6 piece power pop band. Daniel Joyner-Vocals Justin Nelms-Guitar Vanessa Nelms-Synth Shaune Daniel-Bass Chris Ellison-Drums Paul Seiler-Guitar. SGTM formed as they are now in September 2006, but has been gracing the music scene with their presence since early 2005. Their music is catchy but very original at the same time. These guys and girl put their heart and soul into their music and it shows in their lyrics. myspace.com/sunsetgreetsthemoon for more info

Johnathan Jerone J.J. Arrington (born January 23, 1983 in Nashville, North Carolina) is a National Football League running back for the Arizona Cardinals. ... A.G. Thurbert E. Baker Thurbert E. Baker is the current Attorney General of the state of Georgia, United States, serving since 1997. ... Herman Boone was a former football coach at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. ... Remember the Titans is an American drama film released in 2000. ... Jim Clack (1948-2006) was a guard in the National Football League. ... Roy Cooper can refer to: Roy Cooper, head coach of the Apex High cross country and track teams Roy A. Cooper, the Attorney General of North Carolina Roy Percy Cooper, an Australian accountant Category: ... Michael Francis (Mike) Easley (born March 23, 1950) is the current governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Kaye Gibbons (born May 5, 1960) is an American novelist. ... For thirty years, Allan Gurganus has created novels,short stories and essays that constitute a singularly unified and living body of work. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... William B. Harrison, Jr. ... JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM TYO: 8634 ) is one of the oldest financial services firms in the world. ... Earle Hyman (born October 11, 1926) is an American actor. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, first broadcast on September 20, 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. ... Kay Kyser (June 18, 1905, Rocky Mount, North Carolina - July 24, 1985) was a famous bandleader and one of the first to become a radio celebrity. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ... Walter Buck Leonard was born on September 8, 1907 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA. At the age of 14 he left school for the simple reason that no high school education was available for Blacks in his hometown. ... Part of the History of baseball series. ... Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was a jazz pianist and composer. ... Harold Vick (3 April 1936–13 November 1987) was an American hard bop and soul jazz saxophonist and flautist born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, probably better known for his work with musicians like Grant Green, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and Shirley Scott, among a host of others. ... Phyllis Hyman (July 6, 1949 - June 30, 1995) was a soul singer, model and actress. ... Charles Linwood Williams (born March 8, 1960 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina), better known as Buck, is a former American professional basketball player. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

External links

Community links

  • RMAYSA- Soccer
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College

Coordinates: 35.954112° N 77.805572° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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