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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population43,973
Male Share of the Population54.2%
Female Share of the Population45.8%
Senior Citizens4.9%
Employed Population 16+18,933
Age of the Population22

Families

% of people married22.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher71.3%
Median Earnings25+$36,572
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,622
Median Earnings With High School Degree$18,819

Wealth

Median Family Income$76,789
% Above Poverty Level55.3%
% Below Poverty Level44.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work14.1%
% Using Public Transportation11.6%

Housing

People Living Alone26.7%
Median Gross Rent$964
Median House Value$276,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.9%
German14.4%
Irish9.9%
English8%
Italian5.1%
Polish2.5%
Arab2.3%
Scottish2%
French Except Basque1.6%
Russian1.1%
Dutch1%
African1%
Iranian0.9%
Ukrainian0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Greek0.7%
Czech0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Egyptian0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Jamaican0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Ethiopian0.3%
Brazilian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Albanian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
US/American0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Zimbabwean0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Blacksburg Almanac

CategoryValue
County Montgomery County
Standard Zip Codes24060
P.O. Box Zip Codes24062, 24063
Company Zip Codes24061
Phone Area Codes540
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude37.23
Approximate Longitude-80.42

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)

StationBLACKSBURG
Distance2 miles
Jan Temp21 to 41 F
Apr Temp37 to 63 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 65 F
Annual Precip42.6 inches
StationUNION 3 SSE
Distance23.1 miles
Jan Temp19 to 40 F
Apr Temp36 to 63 F
Jul Temp58 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 66 F
Annual Precip36.1 inches
StationROANOKE WOODRUM AP
Distance25.4 miles
Jan Temp27 to 45 F
Apr Temp44 to 68 F
Jul Temp65 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 69 F
Annual Precip42.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Christiansburg21,799$68,710
Dublin2,674$45,000
Pearisburg2,714$52,500
Pembroke1,078$51,667
Radford17,186$53,996
Salem25,290$66,511

Blacksburg Hospitals

Lewis-gale Hospital Montgomery
3700 South Main Street
(540) 951-1111
Montgomery Regional Hospital
(Proprietary)
3700 South Main Street
(540) 951-1110

Blacksburg Public Schools

Blacksburg High
3401 Bruin Lane
ZIP: 24060
(540) 951-5706
High
Total Enrollment 1148
Blacksburg Middle
3109 Price's Fork Rd.
ZIP: 24060
(540) 951-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 840
Gilbert Linkous Elem
813 Toms Creek Rd
ZIP: 24060
(540) 951-5726
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Harding Avenue Elem
429 Harding Avenue
ZIP: 24060
(540) 951-5732
Primary
Total Enrollment 300
Kipps Elem
2801 Prices Fork Rd
ZIP: 24060
(540) 951-5760
Primary
Total Enrollment 363
Margaret Beeks Elem
709 Airport Rd
ZIP: 24060
(540) 951-5700
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
Prices Fork Elem
4021 Prices Fork Rd
ZIP: 24060
(540) 951-5736
Primary
Total Enrollment 413

Blacksburg Private Schools

Blacksburg New School
2500 N Main St
ZIP: 24060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 89
Dayspring Christian Academy
585 Clay St
ZIP: 24060
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 271
Gateway Christian School
2196 Harding Rd
ZIP: 24060
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 27
St John Neumann Academy
2470 Ramble Rd
ZIP: 24060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 92
Tall Oaks Montessori School
703 Tall Oaks Dr
ZIP: 24060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
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