Rolesville, North Carolina

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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.
Coordinates: 35°55′26″N 78°27′40″W / 35.92389°N 78.46111°W / 35.92389; -78.46111Coordinates: 35°55′26″N 78°27′40″W / 35.92389°N 78.46111°W / 35.92389; -78.46111
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
Named forWilliam H. Roles
 • MayorRonnie Currin (Ind.)
 • Total4.89 sq mi (12.65 km2)
 • Land4.88 sq mi (12.63 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation443 ft (135 m)
 • Total9,475
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,743.08/sq mi (673.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)919
FIPS code37-57640[4]
GNIS feature ID0993655[2]

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.[5] In 2012, the town celebrated its 175th anniversary.


Rolesville began as a small farming community. Rolesville was named after William H. Roles, a local land owner, merchant, cotton broker, cotton gin owner, and postmaster.[5][6]

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.[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau the town has an area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km2), all land.[8]

Elected Officials[edit]

Rolesville Town Hall

The Town of Rolesville has an elected body composed of a mayor and five commissioners. The responsibility of the Town Board is to review, hear, consider, and approve/disapprove items of business affecting the town residents. The mission of the Board of Commissioners is to uphold the values and traditions that make Rolesville, the second oldest incorporated Town in Wake County, a very special place to live. It is the board's desire to make sure that Rolesville continues to be progressive in its attitude and outlook towards change, all the while maintaining its small town charm and friendly neighborhood communities.[9][10]

Mayor: Ronnie Currin

Mayor Pro Tem: Michelle Medley

Commissioner: Sheilah Sutton

Commissioner: Paul Vilga

Commissioner: Jacky Wilson

Commissioner: April Sneed [11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)8,501[3]124.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

2020 census[edit]

Rolesville racial composition[13]
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[4] 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.[14]


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[edit]

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.[15]



  1. One of America's top 10 boom towns (#7) [16]
  2. SafeWise: Top 50 safest cities in North Carolina, 2015 (#23) [17]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rolesville, North Carolina
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b Rolesville, North Carolina; Town of Rolesville official website. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  6. ^ Place Names in the United States (PDF). USGS. 1905.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rolesville town, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  9. ^ "The Town of Rolesville | Mayor & Commissioners". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  10. ^ "The Town of Rolesville | Contact Information". Retrieved 2016-03-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Boards & Commissions". 30 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  14. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  15. ^ "The Town of Rolesville | Parks & Recreation". Retrieved 2016-03-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "One of 'America's Top Boom Towns' is 30 minutes from Raleigh - Triangle Business Journal". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  17. ^ "The 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina- 2015 - SafeWise". SafeWise. 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2016-05-11.

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