Red Oak, North Carolina

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Red Oak, North Carolina
Methodist church
Methodist church
Location in Nash County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Nash County and the state of North Carolina.
Coordinates: 36°1′53″N 77°54′6″W / 36.03139°N 77.90167°W / 36.03139; -77.90167Coordinates: 36°1′53″N 77°54′6″W / 36.03139°N 77.90167°W / 36.03139; -77.90167
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total19.54 sq mi (50.61 km2)
 • Land19.53 sq mi (50.58 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation203 ft (62 m)
 • Total3,342
 • Density171.11/sq mi (66.07/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code252
FIPS code37-55640[3]
GNIS feature ID1022197[2]

Red Oak is a town in Nash County, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,430 in 2010.


Black Jack and the Red Oak Community House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.5 square miles (51 km2), of which 19.5 square miles (51 km2) is land and 0.05% is water.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

2020 census[edit]

Red Oak racial composition[6]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,717 81.3%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 422 12.63%
Native American 21 0.63%
Asian 11 0.33%
Other/Mixed 92 2.75%
Hispanic or Latino 79 2.36%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,342 people, 1,433 households, and 1,133 families residing in the town.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,723 people, 984 households, and 821 families residing in the town. The population density was 139.7 people per square mile (53.9/km2). There were 1,030 housing units at an average density of 52.8 per square mile (20.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.67% White, 8.04% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

There were 984 households, out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.0% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $54,958, and the median income for a family was $61,406. Males had a median income of $40,718 versus $26,091 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,616. About 5.7% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Red Oak, North Carolina
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-24.