Roanoke is one of the largest and most populous cities in Virginia. Dating back to colonial days, it served as a major hub for wagon trains, railroads, foot traffic, and more. It has an area of about 43 square miles and lies between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny Mountains. And it's the perfect place to make your new home.
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The city of Roanoke has a population of about 100,000 people, with the median age being 38.5. It has a median household income of $44,230, and a median property value of a little over $135,000. Browse the newest real estate listings in Roanoke, VA.
There are plenty of great schools in the Roanoke City Public Schools district. There are 17 different elementary schools in the city, serving kids aged preschool through 5th grade. Virginia Heights Elementary provides both online and in-person learning opportunities, and includes a chess club, garden club, choir, and more. Highland Park Elementary School's offerings, meanwhile, include a karate club, dance club, Minecraft club, and school newspaper.
For grades 6-8, there are five middle schools to choose from. Lucy Addison Middle School offers football, softball, soccer, and track, plus an ecology club and a daily, student-produced news program. James Madison Middle School also features a variety of athletics, from volleyball to wrestling to cheerleading to cross country—plus a musical club, a bullet journal club, and a student council.
There are also several high schools in Roanoke. Patrick Henry High School has debate and forensics teams, a literary magazine, a band, orchestra, and choir, and much more. William Fleming High School has two honor societies, a dance company, and a gamer's guild.
Virginia Western Community College is a public, two-year institution that offers training in a variety of different fields and trades, including healthcare, education, plumbing, electrician training, and much more. Or, for a four-year degree, nearby Roanoke College offers a variety of majors in everything from marketing to medieval studies and theater to theology.
There are all sorts of jobs available in Roanoke, in a variety of fields. The biggest industries in the city include healthcare and social services, retail trade, and food service. The highest paying industries in the area are enterprise management, scientific and technical services, and public administration. There are also a variety of other jobs available, from warehouse jobs to clerical work to executive positions, and much more.
There are all sorts of great things to see and do in Roanoke. The Virginia Museum of Transportation has displays of all different types of trains, from steam to diesel to electric, plus everything from a horse and buggy to a Jupiter rocket. The Roanoke Pinball Museum features interactive exhibits on the history and science of pinball, which includes fully playable machines from the 1930s through today.
There are plenty of great outdoor places in Roanoke, too. The Mill Mountain Star Trailhead has great hiking and a view of one of Roanoke's most famous landmarks. Or if you prefer biking, try the Roanoke Valley Greenways—urban bike trails that include playgrounds, picnic areas, and more.
Roanoke is a rich and thriving community with plenty to offer its residents. If you're interested in knowing more about what the city has to offer, or if you're ready to make Roanoke your new home, contact us. You can also stop by one of our two local offices—Main office or Oak Grove office. We'll help you get settled into the area and find your dream house.
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