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Rankings & Accolades

The Roanoke Region is a Place You Want To Be.

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But don’t just take our word for it. Roanoke has garnered national and regional media attention for its natural beauty, high livability, and business-friendly environment. And that’s not all; we’ve earned some pretty high honors, including winning the All-American City award more than any other city in the U.S.

Regionally, the area has been compared to Lake Tahoe by Travel + Leisure, named a top outdoor town by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine multiple times, and has been noted as a top Place Millennials Can Afford and Actually Want to Live In and one of the Best Cities for New Grads.

2024 Media Mentions & Accolades

Gear Junkie: The 6 Best Shorter Backpacking Trips on the Appalachian Trail
Travel + Leisure: 10 Best Mountain Towns in Virginia
Blue Ridge Outdoors: Roanoke: Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family
Blue Ridge Outdoors: Blue Ridge Marathon: Best Running Event

2023 Media Mentions & Accolades

Blue Ridge Outdoors: Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Adventure Towns 2023
CNN: 25 Best Hiking Cities
Cardinal News: Employment and labor force surge past pre-pandemic levels, reaching highest level in over nine years (Op-Ed)
Roanoke Times: Young Professionals are Flocking to Roanoke. Here’s What All the Fuss is about
Garden and Gun: A Look Inside Fire Station One, a Roanoke Hotel with Three-Alarm Charm
Blue Ridge Outdoors: Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family
Travel and Leisure: Virginia’s ‘Lake Tahoe of the East’ Is One of the Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home in the U.S.
Virginia Business: Growing the talent pool. Roanoke Region aims to retain students, attract workers

2022 Media Mentions & Accolades

Go Banking Rates: 3 Affordable east Coast Cities Where People Want to Live
Outside Magazine: The 24 Best Mountain Towns in the U.S.
Runners World: These are the World Toughest Races (Blue Ridge Marathon)
American Lung Association: Cleanest Cities for Ozone Air Pollution
AAA: Best U.S. Cities for Biking

2021 Media Mentions & Accolades

Washington Post: In Roanoke, Va., discovering a gateway to outdoor adventure
New York Times: 8 Places to Visit Along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway New Year, New Zip Code: 10 Unique Zoom Towns You’ll Want to Move to In 2022
Northern Virginia Magazine: Roanoke Has Become An Arts And Culture Hotspot – And Worth The Drive
Roanoke Times: ‘Boomerangs’ fly back to Roanoke, New River valleys for medical careers
Virginia Business: A Roanoke reawakening, Regional revitalization strategies gain traction
LinkedIn Workforce Insights: Top 20 Remote-Work Haven List
Roanoke Times: Roanoke Valley Ironman 70.3 shows region’s success (op-ed)
Roanoke Rises Up on Twitter
Virginia Business: Larger shovel-ready sites key to success

2020 Media Mentions & Accolades

Annual Digital Counties Survey: Named Franklin County as Top Digital Counties (Up to 150,000 Population Category)
Wall Street Journal: Texas Tavern Named to Wall Street Journal’s Guide to America’s Best Burgers
The Roanoker: Roanoke Outside Events Director named to “40 Under 40” list
Blue Ridge Outdoors: Roanoke Named Top Adventure Town of 2020

2019 Media Mentions & Accoloades

The Penny Hoarder: 25 U.S. Cities That Millennials Can Afford – and Actually Want to Live In
Virginia Business: Roanoke Outside Events Director named to “100 People to Meet in 2020”
Runner’s World: These Are the Hardest Races in the World (Blue Ridge Marathon #7)
Blue Ridge Outdoors: Top Adventure Towns — Roanoke (large) and Clifton Forge (small)
CNBC: Virginia Named Top State for Business
The Roanoke Times: Recruiting Talent the New Target for Economic Development
Virginia American Water Works Association: Roanoke Region Water Judged Best in the State
Livability: Top 100 Best Places to Live – Roanoke
The Beer Runner: 51 Destinations to Run and Drink Beer — Roanoke/Blue Ridge Marathon
TravelZoo: 20 Best Places to Travel in 2020 (including the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Roanoke Region of Virginia)