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Rockingham, North Carolina
—  City  —
Location of Rockingham, North Carolina
Coordinates: 34°56′22″N 79°45′40″W / 34.93944°N 79.76111°W / 34.93944; -79.76111Coordinates: 34°56′22″N 79°45′40″W / 34.93944°N 79.76111°W / 34.93944; -79.76111
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Richmond
Area
 - Total 7.3 sq mi (19.0 km2)
 - Land 7.3 sq mi (18.9 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 285 ft (87 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 9,672
 Density 1,326.8/sq mi (512.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 28379-28380
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-57260[1]
GNIS feature ID 0993546[2]

Rockingham is a city in Richmond County, North Carolina, United States named after the Marquis of Rockingham. The population was 9,672 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Richmond County.[3] Rockingham is the home of Rockingham Speedway, formerly the North Carolina Speedway, which was a staple of the NASCAR schedule for nearly 40 years, before the race was discontinued in 2004.

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Geography

Rockingham is located at 34°56′22″N 79°45′40″W / 34.93944°N 79.76111°W / 34.93944; -79.76111 (34.939528, -79.761236).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (19.0 km²).7.3 square miles (18.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.41%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,672 people, 3,966 households, and 2,573 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,326.8 people per square mile (512.3/km²). There were 4,375 housing units at an average density of 600.1/sq mi (231.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.57% White, 29.90% African American, 1.10% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.10% of the population.

There were 3,966 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 19.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,574, and the median income for a family was $33,534. Males had a median income of $27,923 versus $20,313 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,426. About 18.0% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.4% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable Residents

Media

WAYN, 900 AM, adult contemporary and easy listening music; sports

WLWL, 770 AM, oldies with an emphasis on beach music

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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