Rolesville, North Carolina

Rolesville, North Carolina

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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
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Wake
Named for William H. Roles
  Total 3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)
  Land 3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 443 ft (135 m)
Population (2015)
  Total 6,074
  Density 1,500/sq mi (600/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 27571
Area code(s) 919
FIPS code 37-57640[1]
GNIS feature ID 0993655[2]

Rolesville is a town and suburb in northeastern Wake County, North Carolina, United States, just outside 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 6,074 in 2015.

Rolesville was incorporated on January 18, 1837, by the North Carolina Legislature.[3] 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.[3]

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.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau the town has an area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km2), all of it land.[5]

Elected Officials

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.[6][7]

Mayor: Frank Eagles

Commissioner: Ronnie Curran (Mayor Pro Tempore)

Commissioner: Frank Hodge

Commissioner: Michelle Medley

Commissioner: Sheilah Sutton

Commissioner: Betty Whitaker


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20156,289[8]66.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[1] 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.[10]


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.[11]



  1. One of America's top 10 boom towns (#7) [12]
  2. SafeWise: Top 50 safest cities in North Carolina, 2015 (#23) [13]


  1. 1 2 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. 1 2 Rolesville, North Carolina; Town of Rolesville official website. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rolesville town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  6. "The Town of Rolesville | Mayor & Commissioners". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  7. "The Town of Rolesville | Contact Information". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  8. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  9. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  11. "The Town of Rolesville | Parks & Recreation". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  12. "One of 'America's Top Boom Towns' is 30 minutes from Raleigh - Triangle Business Journal". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  13. "The 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina- 2015 - SafeWise". SafeWise. 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
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