Life in Halifax County

children standing at a wooden fence feeding flamingos by hand
Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, NC

Beautiful lakes, theaters, antique shops, museums, golf courses, and more – Halifax County NC has all of the natural qualities and amenities that make it a great place to live and work. Our easy way of life and unique combination of assets have encouraged families and businesses to prosper here for over 250 years. With easy access to interstate highways, airports, railways, and the NC and VA Ports, Halifax County is a mobile community. Our US East Coast location puts us within a day’s drive of more than half of the U.S. population.

Visitors spend millions of dollars each year to enjoy Halifax County NC. Unlimited outdoor and cultural activities and one of North Carolina’s highest concentrations of historic resources all combine to provide unparalleled opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Combined with countless local attractions, visitors discover very quickly just how rewarding living in Halifax County year-round can be.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Halifax County is approximately 90% of the national average.

Health Care

Living and working in Halifax County provides access to the latest medical technologies and highly skilled specialists to provide first-class medical care. Click here for more information on health care.


Our schools offer a wide range of programs to meet the needs of children from kindergarten through high school to higher education. Click here for additional information regarding educational opportunities in Halifax County, NC.


Housing and utility costs  in Halifax County are among the lowest in the country with a wide variety of housing choices  including downtown living, neighborhood subdivisions, waterfront homes, modern townhouses  and historic treasures. Housing prices are extremely competitive. Whether looking for a starter, mid-range or a luxury home, Halifax County’s housing market can meet your needs. Click here for more housing information.


Endless leisure and cultural activities including water sports, fishing, and kayaking can be enjoyed on Lake Gaston, Roanoke Rapids Lake, and the Roanoke River. Municipal parks, golf, tennis, baseball and stock car racing are but a few of the outdoor sporting options. Live performance and community theaters, outdoor concerts, art galleries, historic tours, local festivals, and craft fairs add to the quality of life assets here in Halifax County. Click here for more recreation information.


The things to see and do in Halifax County are unmatched. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Sylvan Heights, the world’s largest waterfowl park. Walk the footpaths to the past in Historic Halifax, birthplace of independence. Take in all the history and natural beauty of the Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail, North Carolina’s “longest” museum.

Wander the seven hiking trails or enjoy camping and picnicking at Medoc Mountain State Park, site of North Carolina’s first winery. Celebrate and honor the many achievements of current servicemen, servicewomen, and veterans at the Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum. Satisfy your shopping desires at Riverside Mill, the largest gallery of craft art on I-95, with a QVC outlet, antique mall, and auction house.


The Halifax County Library System offers public libraries in Halifax, Scotland Neck, Enfield, and Littleton in addition to the Roanoke Rapids Public Library. The Halifax Library contains an extensive genealogy and local history collection.

Emergency Services

Halifax County EMS directs and coordinates public safety related programs including Emergency Management activities, management and operation of the countywide Enhanced 9-1-1 system, and administration and coordination of countywide Paramedic level Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Law enforcement is provided by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and each municipality has their own police departments to provide law enforcement services for their residents.


ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS have area affiliates. Cable television service is offered by Spectrum. Additionally, satellite television is offered by Dish Network and DirecTV. CenturyLink offers subscription-based fiber-optic television services (IPTV) in selected areas.


The Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald is the major newspaper serving the Roanoke Valley. The Lake Gaston Observer-Gazette is a weekly newspaper serving the Littleton-Lake Gaston area.


BB&T Now Truist, First Citizens Bank, PNC, Southern Bank & Trust, New Republic Savings Bank, Touchstone Bank, and Roanoke Rapids Savings Bank have branches in Halifax County.

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