Rasharkin is located between Ballymoney and Ballymena and is close to the villages of Dunloy and Kilrea. It is located
in Ian Paisley's constituency of North Antrim.
Rasharkin is classified as a small village and on Census day (29 April 2001) there were 864 people living in Rasharkin.
- 73.5% were from a Catholic background and 26.0% were from a Protestant background.
The village of Rasharkin itself is mainly nationalist although the loyal orders still hold a significant amount of parades
through it each year. The north end of the village is very much nationalist and the southern end of the village is mainly
nationalist as well although there are many Unionists who live in the Belmont/Churchhill Crescent area.
By and large Community Relations are good in the village, but these are tested with a series of contentious parades in
the July/August period.