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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Roanoke County is located in Virginia with a population of 93,419. Roanoke County is one of the best places to live in Virginia. In Roanoke County, most residents own their homes. In Roanoke County there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Roanoke County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Roanoke County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$192,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$907
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Roanoke County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    85.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    48.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    170.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,351.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    158.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Roanoke County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,134
National
$55,322

Roanoke County Reviews

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It is an overall great place to live. People are typically nice and the school systems are great! There are a lot of businesses to look around at including clothing stores, restaurants, arts and craft stores, the mall, antiques, bakeries, libraries, movie theaters, entertainment places and more. It is looked at as a small part of Southwest Virginia, but it has a lot of personality and the community is based on togetherness.
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I was born and raised in Roanoke and I plan on retiring here. Living in Roanoke, you have access to so many activities - hiking, kayaking, swimming, boating, the list goes on. I love that we have 4 seasons. Fall and Spring are absolutely beautiful in Roanoke! Roanoke is within 3-4 driving hours of major cities such as Washington DC, Richmond and Charlotte, NC. The city continues to grow and become more diverse. I can't think of one thing I would change!
I think that Roanoke is a great area to live and work. There are so many outdoor areas to enjoy. Tons of hiking, biking and green ways to walk. With two cities within the county, there is plenty of shopping, dining and cultural places to visit. A definite place to see is the Roanoke Star. It is the world's largest freestanding illuminated man-made star, constructed in 1949 at the top of Mill Mountain. If you are into craft brewing, Roanoke boasts many local small breweries. There is an endless amount of things to explore here!