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The City of Roanoke is known as “The Star City of the South” and has been named an “All America Hall of Fame City” by the National Civic League.
With a population of nearly 100,000, it’s the largest city in Western Virginia and the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
The city is known for its vibrant downtown with great local restaurants, bars, craft breweries, as well as arts & cultural experiences, including museums, art galleries, boutique stores, special events, a historic farmers market, and many fun things to do.
Roanoke also has a reputation for being one of the best cities in the country for outdoor recreation. With a passionate outdoor-oriented local community, you can take advantage of exceptional opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, cycling, and paddling, all within the city limits.
It’s part of why Roanoke has been named the “Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family” by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.
Visit the following sections below to plan your next adventure in the City of Roanoke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Population: 97,032 (as of 2010 Census)
Education: 17 Public Elementary Schools, 5 Public Middle Schools, 2 Public High Schools - Patrick Henry High School & William Fleming High School
District: 6th Congressional District
Income (Per Capita): $32,512
Type of Government: City Council & Manager
Land Area: 43 square miles