Roanoke County contains about 251 square miles, and has a population of approximately 91,000. It is located at the southern end of the famous Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with the Blue Ridge Mountains to the southeast and the Appalachian range to the northwest. The Town of Vinton, Hollins home of the prestigious Hollins University, and historic Bonsack reside within its boundaries. Roanoke County is located adjacent to the Counties of Craig, Botetourt, Bedford, Franklin, Floyd and Montgomery. It also surrounds the independent Cities of Salem and Roanoke.