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Regional Overview

Situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the Roanoke Region of Virginia is a community of communities working together. The region is the largest metropolitan area in Western Virginia and home to diverse communities and more than 300,000 residents.

With unmatched cultural and outdoor opportunities and an abundance of strong industry clusters, the region's residents represent a diversity of skills and interests. Detailed information about the region and its communities is provided throughout this section.

Located along Interstates 81 and 64, the region is equidistant from New York and Atlanta; 230 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and 250 miles west of the Port of Hampton Roads.

Geography and Climate 

  • Land Area: 2,322 square miles
  • Elevation: 1,149 feet
  • Four distinct seasons
  • Average January low: 27.2 º F
  • Average July high: 87.0º F
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 41.0 inches


  • Cost of Living is below the national average, Roanoke: 89.1 U.S.: 100 (ACCRA Cost of Living Index, 2016 annual average)
  • Per Capita income $41,383 (BEA 2014)
  • Average commute is 21.4 minutes, compared to the national average of 25.7 minutes
  • Median home price $150,000 compared to U.S. average of $176,600 (Annual Average 2015)

Best for Business 

  • Ranked in the Top 100 Best Places for Business and Careers and Top 15 Most Affordable Places for Doing Business by
  • Wide range of skill sets, with new job seekers entering the market annually.
  • Nationally recognized training programs and facilities

Acclaimed Education 

  • Seven public school systems offering a variety of nationally recognized educational programs.
  • High concentration of higher education institutions, with 25 colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius.
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute training physicious and conducting biomedical research.


  • Located along Interstates 81 and 64 and several major four lane highways.
  • Equidistant from New York and Atlanta.
  • Accessible to two-thirds of US population in one day's shipping time.
  • Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is served by 4 airlines with non-stop service to 8 cities.
  • Rail service by Norfolk Southern and CSX and Amtrak passenger service to New York City and Chicago.
  • More than 70 trucking lines serve the Roanoke Region with local, state, and interstate freight service.
  • Region is considered a foreign trade zone.

Quality of Life

  • Diverse arts and cultural community.
  • Offers nationally recognized outdoor recreation including cycling, fishing, water sports, hiking, camping, sports leagues, and clubs.
  • Home to baseball team, NCAA sports programs including the Virginia Tech football.
  • Attractions include Smith Mountain Lake, Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway.

Quality of Life Matters

Latest News

Investor Spotlight: B2C Enterprises + B2C Digital

Learn more about the Roanoke Regional Partnership’s investors and their businesses.
Posted on 4/24/2017 11:57:59 AM

Get to Know the Partnership Staff: Lisa Lyle

Five questions with the Roanoke Regional Partnership's director of business investment.
Posted on 4/20/2017 10:22:20 AM

A Closer Look at Accelerate 2022: Talent Solutions

The Roanoke Regional Partnership’s five-year fundraising campaign includes a four-part strategic plan. Here’s a look at the talent solutions piece.
Posted on 4/20/2017 9:58:13 AM
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