I grew up in Roanoke Rapids, and I thankfully married and moved away! The housing market is ridiculous there. I think the houses are way too pricy for the type of area that is. Also, there is nothing to do in Roanoke Rapids, so people tend to be very involved in other people's lives. Everyone knows everyone's business b/c they have nothing better to do with their time! The job market is horrible there. Unless you plan to work at the paper mill, hospital, or walmart, then good luck finding a job! I am glad I moved away to bigger and better things!