Site Selection Magazine has named the Roanoke Rapids area as one of the Top 100 Micropolitans in the United States for 2016. The Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area, which encompasses Halifax and Northampton Counties, received an overall ranking of #32 based on the number of new or expanding economic development projects.
Site Selection is a trade publication for site-selection consultants, corporate decision-makers, and economic developers. Site Selection’s Top Micropolitan rankings are based on qualifying new or expanding projects that create a minimum capital investment of at $1 million, create at least 50 new jobs or add at least 20,000 SF of new floor area. In compiling its list, Site Selection considered 575 micropolitan communities across the United States. A micropolitan area is defined as a community serving as a regional trade center that has a population of more than 10,000 people but less than 50,000.