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Rolesville, North Carolina
Main Street Park
Main Street Park
Official seal of Rolesville, North Carolina
Location in Wake County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Wake County and the state of North Carolina.
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Wake
Named for William H. Roles
 • Total 4.89 sq mi (12.65 km2)
 • Land 4.88 sq mi (12.63 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
443 ft (135 m)
 • Total 9,475
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,743.08/sq mi (673.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 919
FIPS code 37-57640
GNIS feature ID 0993655

Rolesville is a town in northeastern Wake County, North Carolina, United States, a suburb of the capital city of Raleigh. It is the second oldest town in Wake County and has been one of the fastest-growing towns in the state of North Carolina for the past several years. The population was 9,475 at the 2020 census.

Rolesville was incorporated on January 18, 1837, by the North Carolina Legislature. In 2012, the town celebrated its 175th anniversary.


Rolesville began as a small farming community. Many of the original family tracts are still cultivated today. Most of the large family farms in the heart of Rolesville, however, have been turned into residential or commercial subdivisions, allowing Rolesville to become one of the top three fastest growing communities in North Carolina every year since 2005. Rolesville was named after William H. Roles, a local land owner, merchant, cotton broker, cotton gin owner, and postmaster.

Three Rolesville properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Dr. Lawrence Branch Young House, the Green-Hartsfield House and the Heartsfield-Perry Farm.


Rolesville is located at 35°55′26″N 78°27′40″W / 35.923873°N 78.461029°W / 35.923873; -78.461029.

According to the United States Census Bureau the town has an area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 115
1890 150 30.4%
1900 155 3.3%
1910 170 9.7%
1950 288
1960 358 24.3%
1970 533 48.9%
1980 381 −28.5%
1990 572 50.1%
2000 907 58.6%
2010 3,786 317.4%
2019 (est.) 8,501 124.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Rolesville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 5,743 60.61%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,096 22.12%
Native American 14 0.15%
Asian 327 3.45%
Pacific Islander 4 0.04%
Other/Mixed 455 4.8%
Hispanic or Latino 836 8.82%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 9,475 people, 2,204 households, and 2,054 families residing in the town.


As of the census of 2015, there were 6,074 people, and 2,113 households, in the town. The population density was 962.4 people per square mile (214.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 74.1% White, 17.8% African American, 3% Asian, 0.4% Native American, 2.1% from 2 or more races and 4.0% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.2% of the population.

Of the 2,113 households, 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 19.7% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 70.6% over 18, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 110 males. 80% of Town residents have graduated high school and 50% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,838, and the median income for a family was $73,156. Males had a median income of $52,731 versus $41,433 for females. The median house price is $248,000. The per capita income for the town was $31,409. About 7.9% of the population was below the poverty line.


Rolesville is the namesake of the Rolesville diorite Batholith, also known as the Rolesville Pluton. While the batholith extends into regions north and south of Wake County, the bedrock formation is particularly visible in the form of rocky outcrops within the town limits and the immediate vicinity.

Parks & Recreation

The Town of Rolesville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, staff, and developers continually work together to improve the park system for area residents. Rolesville currently has three parks, acres of open space, and miles of trails being planned and designed through approved development. The Department offers several youth and adult athletics leagues, recreation programming, summer camps, and special events throughout the year.

    • Main Street Park (200 S Main Street)
    • Rolesville Community School Park (121 Redford Place Drive)
    • Mill Bridge Nature Park (425 Nature Park Drive)
    • Rolesville Community Center (514 Southtown Circle).


  1. One of America's top 10 boom towns (#7)
  2. SafeWise: Top 50 safest cities in North Carolina, 2015 (#23)


  • Rolesville Elementary School
  • Rolesville Middle School
  • Rolesville High School
  • Sanford Creek Elementary School
  • Thales Academy Junior High/High School - Rolesville

See also

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