Founded in 1777 and anchored by Nashville, North Carolina, Nash County is home to the city of Rocky Mount, as well as the towns of Bailey, Castalia, Dortches, Middlesex, Momeyer, Red Oak, Spring Hope, and portions of Sharpsburg and Whitakers. In 2018 the county’s population was 95,840 and growing.
With a unique location at the intersection of several major interstates and highways and direct access to I-95 and US 64, Nash County is the ideal business-friendly location. Wake County sits just 45 minutes away, offering easy access to the amenities of the Raleigh-Durham area and beyond, and the county itself is the halfway point between New York and Florida, which streamlines travel up and down the eastern seaboard.
Aside from transportation on the major roads, the 7,100-foot runway of the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport is just seven miles away from Rocky Mount and can accommodate travel for nearly any type of aircraft. For businesses that ship products on a larger scale or regularly require travel, the space at the airfield is more than sufficient for inventory and transportation needs.
Nash County is already home to a number of major Class A industries, including:
- Cummins Engine Plant
- The Cheesecake Factory Bakery
- Universal North America
Others in the food processing, advanced manufacturing, and distribution and logistics sectors also call Nash County home. Thanks to the unique geography, lower cost of operating, and charming lifestyle to be had, Nash County is a prime candidate for working, playing, and living.
Rocky Mount is the county’s largest city located on the eastern edge of Nash County, with a population of around 55,000 people. Rocky Mount ranks as the 17th largest city in the state of North Carolina and anchors the Rocky Mount Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses up to five counties and over 300,000 people.
Recently, Rocky Mount has undergone a revitalization, with several impactful developments both completed and in the works. The historic downtown district and riverfront are home to restored and repurposed projects like the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences and Rocky Mount Mills. The Rocky Mount Mills is an innovative mixed-use development that includes a mixture of breweries, restaurants, residential homes and lofts, as well as commercial office and retail spaces. Capitol Broadcasting’s investment in the historic Rocky Mount Mills has been a game changer to revitalizing a historic district and main corridor into downtown.
The city is also home to the Rocky Mount Sports Complex, which covers 143 acres and is one of the largest complexes of its kind on the east coast. For residents of Rocky Mount, all of these major projects have not only brought increased opportunity in the job market, but also a higher quality of living.
Currently, the largest employers in Rocky Mount include Pfizer, the Nash-Rocky Mount School System, and the Cummins–Rocky Mount Engine Plant. The city is also home to Nash UNC Health Care, which offers a women’s center, cardiovascular services, and a critical care unit.
Future projects include; a multi-million dollar cargo terminal in the works from CSX Transportation and the relocation of North Carolina DMV headquarters from Raleigh to Rocky Mount. The city is poised for significant economic growth as it conveniently sits at the “center of it all”.
Located in the heart of Nash County as the county seat, Nashville is home to just over 5,000 people. Some of the largest employers in Nashville include: the Nash-Rocky Mount School System; the Nash County Government and Health Department; Atlantic Natural Foods, LLC; Braswell Family Farms; Universal Leaf; Clayton Homes and a variety of other industries.. Thanks to the central location of the city and proximity to major roads, companies are able to easily distribute their products up and down the East Coast and across the country. The town’s industrial parks include the Nashville Business Center, West Nashville Commerce Park, and Pleasant Grove Industrial Park, all of which offer quick access to Raleigh and the RTP region.
In addition to a good industrial base, Nashville residents enjoy a quintessential small-town living experience thanks to its historic charm. The streets of Downtown Nashville are lined with historic homes and buildings, featuring locally owned stores. Nashville has a rich agriculture heritage with a bustling and supportive small business community.
Located just north of Nashville and west of Rocky Mount, Red Oak gets its name from the grove of red oak trees in the area. Red Oak offers rural living with easy access to amenities. As one of the newest municipalities, formed in 1961, Red Oak has been growing residentially at a steady pace, thanks to residents seeking larger homes and lot sizes.
Spring Hope is conveniently located just 20 miles east of Raleigh on US 64 and Hwy 581. Incorporated in 1889, downtown Spring Hope surrounds a historic rail depot, featuring beautiful historic buildings, antique shops, and restaurants. Over two dozen homes in the historic downtown district are on the NC Historic Registry. Most notably, Spring Hope is home to the annual Spring Hope Pumpkin Festival each October, featuring the state’s largest pumpkins — usually grown here in Nash County, and a weekend full of entertainment.
Other towns include:
The Town of Middlesex is located on the western edge of Nash County, only 25 minutes from downtown Raleigh. Although Middlesex is primarily an agricultural community, it is ripe with growth opportunities for residential and industrial businesses looking for accessibility to the Triangle region at a much lower cost.
Bailey is a quaint town that is home to the Country Doctor Museum, the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America’s rural healthcare. Bailey is also home to Finch’s Nursery and Pottery. Dan Finch’s work has been featured in museums all over the United States.
This small town is located adjacent to I-95. It is known for its beautiful farmland and for Smith’s Red & White, a family-owned grocery store, which has been the center of the town since 1954. Smith’s is well-known amongst I-95 travelers for its sausage; they make over 10,000 pounds a week and up to 60,000 pounds around the holidays for their loyal customers.
Incorporated in 1883 this tri-county town is located partially in Wilson, Edgecombe and Nash counties. Sharpsburg is conveniently located on US 301 and sits adjacent to the CSX rail.
The Town of Whitakers was developed on land owned by Richard and Elizabeth Whitaker, who arrived in the area in 1740 and settled on nearby Fishing Creek. Established as a railroad town around 1840, it served as a “turnout” for the Wilmington and Weldon line. The town continued to grow following the Civil War and experienced a building boom around the turn of the last century when fine buildings of various styles appeared on both sides of the railroad that splits Nash and Edgecombe counties. Today Whitakers sits along Business Hwy 301 and just east of I-95, north of the city of Rocky Mount.
Located in northern Nash County, Castalia features some of Nash County’s only rolling hills, with beautiful farmland. Each July the town hosts a major Fourth of July celebration that features live music, an Independence Day parade, and an extravagant fireworks display.
Momeyer is a small town located in-between Spring Hope and Nashville on Business 64. Home to Bass Farm Sausage, which has operated for over 60 years and whose products are located in grocery stores across the southeast US.
Nash County Towns by Population
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