Roanoke, VA

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Roanoke, VA

About Roanoke, VA

Roanoke, Virginia is a beautiful and vibrant city located in the Roanoke Valley. With attractions like Mill Mountain Park, Explore Park and the Science Museum of Western Virginia, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep visitors entertained. History buffs can explore attractions such as the Roanoke Star or the O. Winston Link Museum to gain insight into the region's vast history. After exploring, take advantage of delicious food from local restaurants like The River & Rail or The Roanoker Restaurant. With so much to offer, Roanoke is an excellent destination for an unforgettable experience! Mid-sized city - Southwestern Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountains.

State: Virginia
County: Roanoke City County
Metro Area: Roanoke Metro Area
City: Roanoke
Zip Codes: 24012 24017 24014 24015 24016 24013 24011
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 1176 ft above sea level

Roanoke is a mid-sized commercial and transportation center located between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains in the western part of the state. The city area spreads through a narrow valley surrounded by hills and mountains. The downtown area itself is an American classic with museums, shops and a famous farmer’s market in a lively historic central core known as Market Square. More modern commercial structures surround this core. On the whole Roanoke is more “old” than “new” South, but is bringing in a strong influx of northern migrants (evidenced among other things by a minor league hockey team).

The relatively diverse economy includes an industrial base ranging from heavy steel products to textiles and electronics. Cultural amenities are varied and abundant for the town’s size, and nearby mountains offer recreational opportunities. Cost of living is reasonable and the climate attractive. Healthcare is excellent, anchored by the large Carilion Health Foundation medical complex centered just south of town. Poor air quality can result from the valley location, and some parts of the area still have a bit of an industrial feel from its days as a rail center. However, it is largely clean and well kept.

Roanoke sits at the point where the Blue Ridge Mountains pinch against the main ridge of the Appalachians. The surrounding terrain is hilly to mountainous and generally wooded. Numerous mountain creeks and small streams empty into the headwaters of the Roanoke River. The climate is relatively mild. The mountains offer a natural barrier to winter cold and the destructive force of Atlantic hurricanes, which the inland location also helps to avoid. The elevation usually produces cool summer nights. Extreme temperatures are rare. Rainfall is well apportioned throughout the year. Snow usually falls each winter, occasionally producing significant accumulations. The mountain stream convergence can produce damaging floods. First freeze is late October, last is mid-April.

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Roanoke Cost of Living

Nearby mountains, attractive downtown, and pleasant climate make Roanoke a great place to live.

-49.9% lower than avg
-42.4% lower than avg
$814 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-41.0% lower than avg
Roanoke Crime
59.6 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Roanoke
   Nearby mountains
Future job growth
   Attractive downtown
Some industrial feel
   Pleasant climate
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Over 2 years ago

I’ve lived in Roanoke for 15 years, so I hope this comment can help those planning on moving here. Roanoke isn’t bad if you consider Roanoke county and Salem. Sure,  More

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I've lived here from 2 years and, goddamn, these people are stupid af. If I here coronavirus is a hoax and and fat people making comments at me for wearing a damn mask  More

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I was born and raised in Roanoke County (Oak Grove subdivision), departing in 1989 for a job in Texas. So my perspective on the area is dated, but might be valuable as  More

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