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Overview

Introduction to Blacksburg, Virginia

Blacksburg is a Virginia town located in the county of Montgomery. Sitting approximately 45 miles southwest of the city of Roanoke to which it is connected by Interstate 81, Blacksburg is Virginia's largest town. The town's principal asset and dominant presence is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (better known as Virginia Tech), the state's largest university.

Incorporated as a town in 1871, Blacksburg was named for William Black, the original owner of the 38-acre tract on which the town was founded in 1798. The year 1872 saw the founding of a land-grant college named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, which would later become Virginia Tech. As the years progressed, the development of the town of Blacksburg closely paralleled the growth and expansion of the university, which gradually evolved from an agricultural/military institution into a comprehensive research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia. Today, Blacksburg is home to such major technological entities as the Corporate Research Center and Blacksburg Industrial Park, owing in large part to the presence of Virginia Tech within its boundaries.

Things to do in Blacksburg

Following is a list of some of the Blacksburg area's notable historic, cultural, and recreational attractions:

  • Peters Mountain Wilderness: 3,328 acres on the crest of Peters Mountain that features breathtaking views of the countryside
  • Mountain Lake Wilderness: An 11,113 acre wilderness which is the largest in the Jefferson National Forest
  • Historic Smithfield: Historic home of Revolutionary War patriot William Preston
  • Virginia Tech Geosciences Museum: Features an extensive mineral collection, gemstones, fossils, and area mining history exhibits
  • Cascades National Recreation Trail: Features hiking and trout fishing in the Little Stony Creek
  • Pandapas Pond: Man-made pond offering excellent warm water fishing and canoeing
  • Blue Ridge Parkway: Follows the Appalachian Mountain chain and features many kinds of wildlife and brilliant fall foliage
  • Claytor Lake State Park: Offers camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, and picnicking
  • Blacksburg Skate Park
  • Blacksburg Aquatic Center

The Blacksburg sports scene is dominated by the Virginia Tech Hokies, participants in the NCAA's Division I-A of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in all sports. The university switched its sports affiliation from the Big East Conference to the ACC in 2004. Originally known as the "Fighting Gobblers", the university's teams are now officially known as the "Hokies" although the school mascot (the Hokie Bird) retains the appearance of a turkey-like creature. Among the notable Hokie alumni is Michael Vick, the number 1 pick in the 2001 National Football League draft and now starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons.

Virginia is by far the largest state in terms of population without a major professional sports team. The nearest pro team to Blacksburg can be found in Lynchburg, about 95 miles away. The Lynchburg Hillcats of Minor League Baseball's Carolina League are a class High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

People

Total Population 43,530
Male Share of the Population 54.7%
Female Share of the Population 45.3%
Senior Citizens 4.6%
Employed Population 16+ 17,702
Age of the Population 22

Families

% of people married 21%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 70.8%
Median Earnings25+ $34,226
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,362
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,736

Wealth

Median Family Income $74,886
% Above Poverty Level 54.7%
% Below Poverty Level 45.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.2%
% Using Public Transportation 12.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.9%
Median Gross Rent $935
Median House Value $275,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 8.4%
Irish 10.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Blacksburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles W of Roanoke, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 140 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 24060
P.O. Box Zip Codes 24062, 24063
Company Zip Codes 24061
Phone Area Codes 540
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.229
Longitude -80.414

Blacksburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BLACKSBURG
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 41 F
Apr Temp 37 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 65 F
Annual Precip 42.6 inches
Station UNION 3 SSE
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 40 F
Apr Temp 36 to 63 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 66 F
Annual Precip 36.1 inches
Station ROANOKE WOODRUM AP
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 45 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Christiansburg 21,623 $65,645
Dublin 2,665 $43,289
Pearisburg 2,727 $52,778
Pembroke 1,328 $49,271
Radford 17,057 $56,032
Salem 25,165 $62,903

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Blacksburg Hospitals

MONTGOMERY REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
3700 SOUTH MAIN STREET
(540) 951-1111
Emergency Service: Yes

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BLACKSBURG HIGH
220 PATRICK HENRY DR
540-951-5706
Serves 1,168 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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