The Roanoke Valley is a metropolitan area of more than 300,000, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Roanoke has amenities that you'd expect from a dynamic urban center, without losing the charming feeling of a smaller place. Expansion Management named Roanoke Valley one of its Five-Start Communities for quality of life. The ranking is based on a reasonable cost of living, affordable housing, low crime, excellent transportation access, good public schools, proximity to community colleges and universities, and educated workforce and low taxes.
Mild weather and four seasons
Bike the Blue Ridge Parkway and hike the legendary Appalachian Trail
Boating, camping, swimming at Smith Mountain Lake, 500 miles of shoreline
Theater, symphony, ballet, opera, fine arts, and museums
Two hours to ski resorts, with chalets or five-star lodging
US Department of Education has recognized Roanoke Valley Schools for being among the nation's best.
Roanoke County, Roanoke City and Salem City school systems have Advanced Placement classes and the international Baccaulareate program.
Nationally ranked & internationally acclaimed colleges and universities
The National Civic League named Roanoke an All-American City six times