|Community Profile for Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford|
|Community Profile Description|
Recently designated as a Metropolitan Statistical Area and strategically located along Virginia's Technology Corridor, Montgomery County and the New River Valley is home to the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, and the City of Radford.
With a cost of living at 86% of the national average, each area offers city amenities with world class dining, diverse shopping and cultural activities blended with small town charm in a beautiful rural setting. Here you will find unique aquatic activities at Claytor Lake State Park or on the U.S.'s oldest river, the New River. For hiking enthusiasts, there are endless adventures on the Appalachian Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The area also enjoys superior educational opportunities through its 45 public schools and 11 public libraries. And, the New River Valley is home to Radford University, New River Community College and Virginia Tech, which is Virginia's largest university and one of the nation's leading research centers. Building toward opening a Roanoke campus in Fall 2010, Carilion Clinic is partnering with Virginia Tech to create a jointly operated medical school and research institute which will open in Roanoke in 2010.