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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: 88.9 U.S.: 100 (ACCRA Cost of Living Index, 1st Quarter 2017)
  • 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

Roanoke County Recognized for a Strong ‘Fourth Economy’

Roanoke County was recognized for short commute times, strong average wages, and outdoor recreation, among other things.
Posted on 7/20/2017 4:06:12 PM

Two Roanoke Region Properties Awarded Funding

Eight grants were awarded for projects across the state for industrial or commercial site development.
Posted on 7/19/2017 11:32:11 AM

Virginia Jumps 6 Spots in Best States for Business Ranking

Virginia ranks 7th in the annual list from CNBC.
Posted on 7/12/2017 12:26:17 PM
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