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Rockingham, North Carolina
Motto: A City Looking Forward
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Richmond
 • 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 (2010)
 • Total 9,558
 • 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
GNIS feature ID 0993546
Website Official website of Rockingham, NC

Rockingham is a city in Richmond County, North Carolina, United States named after the Marquis of Rockingham. The population was 9,558 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Richmond County. 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.


It was named for Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, British Prime Minister from 1765 to 1766 and again in 1782. Rockingham's administration was dominated by the American issue. Rockingham wished for repeal of the Stamp Act 1765 and won a Commons vote on the repeal resolution by 275 to 167 in 1766. This made him a popular figure among British colonists in America (who would later become known simply as "The Americans"), people in North Carolina were still fond of him in the years following the independence of the United States. The Bank of Pee Dee Building, Covington Plantation House, Alfred Dockery House, Hannah Pickett Mill No. 1, Manufacturers Building, Richmond County Courthouse, Roberdel Mill No. 1 Company Store, Rockingham Historic District, U. S. Post Office and Federal Building, and H. C. Watson House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1950, the town fielded a professional minor league baseball team in the Class D Tobacco State League, the Rockingham Eagles. The club won the playoff title in their only season before disbanding with the entire league.


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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (19 km2).7.3 square miles (18.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.41%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 454
1900 1,507
1910 2,155 43.0%
1920 2,509 16.4%
1930 2,906 15.8%
1940 3,657 25.8%
1950 3,356 −8.2%
1960 5,512 64.2%
1970 5,852 6.2%
1980 8,300 41.8%
1990 9,399 13.2%
2000 9,672 2.9%
2010 9,558 −1.2%
Est. 2015 9,220 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2011, there were 9,553 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 per square mile (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.


Rockingham hosts The Smokeout (an annual motorcycle weekend), and has also hosted the Carolina Rebellion rock festival.



Richmond County Airport (ICAO: KRCZ, FAA LID: RCZ), formerly known as Rockingham-Hamlet Airport is located approximately 3 miles southeast of Rockingham. The airport serves local and transient general aviation flights.

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