Roanoke, Virginia is a city of 94,911 located in southwestern part of the state. Nicknamed the "Star City of the South," it lies in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, about 170 miles west of Richmond. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the per capita income in the Roanoke metropolitan area is $31,599 per year.
Major employers in this five-time All-American City include:
- The Carilion Clinic, a large medical clinic and hospital system
- Norfolk Southern, a freight transportation company
- Wal-Mart discount stores
- Wachovia financial services
Some local highlights in Roanoke include the yearly Commonwealth Games of Virginia and the Festival in the Park. The Commonwealth Games feature local amateur athletes participating in a competition similar to the Olympics. The Festival in the Park includes evening concerts, an arts and crafts show, and 5 and 10K runs. Other special Roanoke attractions are the Center in the Square, a large cultural center that houses the Art Museum of Western Virginia, the Mill Mountain regional theater, and the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
Roanoke, Virginia is also well known for its embrace of cutting-edge technology. It has been named a top Digital City five times since 2001. Roanoke has recently completed a City Market District plan, which continues the revitalization process that began in the early 80s. Roanoke's commitment to progress should ensure a bright future for years to come.
For more information on colleges and universities in Virginia, explore our Virginia state page.