Roanoke, Virginia is located midway between New York, NY and Atlanta, GA on Interstate 81, 168 miles west of the state capital, Richmond, VA. The city is the center of one of Virginia's largest metropolitan regions, and a hub of transportation, finance, and industry for the southwestern part of the state. The scenic beauty of the Roanoke Valley, located between the Blue Ridge and the Virginia Alleghany Highlands, makes the city a pleasant as well as an economically diverse place to live and work. The city's position on the East Coast gives it ready access to close to two-thirds of the total population of the nation within a radius of 500 miles.In a world where cities often feel loud and overcrowded and as hard as the concrete they’re built upon, the City of Roanoke offers something unique — unexpected balance. Roanoke has the amenities that you’d expect from a dynamic urban center, without losing the charming feeling of a smaller place. Roanoke is a city that encourages you to make things happen, because it’s big enough to provide multiple opportunities but small enough so you can make an impact. And the natural beauty that many cities lack has not been lost in Roanoke with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains visible from most every street.