Roanoke, Virginia

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Roanoke, Virginia
Independent city
Downtown Roanoke from atop Mill Mountain.
Downtown Roanoke from atop Mill Mountain.
Official logo of Roanoke, Virginia
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Nickname(s): The Star City of The South or Magic City
Roanoke is located in Shenandoah Valley
Roanoke
Roanoke
Location in Virginia
Roanoke is located in Virginia
Roanoke
Roanoke
Roanoke (Virginia)
Roanoke is located in the US
Roanoke
Roanoke
Roanoke (the US)
Coordinates: 37°16′15″N 79°56′30″W / 37.27083°N 79.94167°W / 37.27083; -79.94167
Country United States
State Virginia
County None (Independent city)
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
see Roanoke City Council
 • Mayor Sherman Lea
Area
 • Independent city 43 sq mi (110 km2)
 • Land 43 sq mi (110 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation[1] [2] 883–1,740 ft (269–530 m)
Population (2010)
 • Independent city 97,032
 • Density 2,300/sq mi (870/km2)
 • Metro 312,331
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Codes 24001–24020, 24022–24038, 24040, 24042–24045, 24048, 24050, 24155, 24157
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-68000[3]
GNIS feature ID 1499971[4]
Website www.roanokeva.gov

Roanoke is a city of Virginia in the United States. At the 2010 census, 97,032 people lived in Roanoke. The two main suburbs of Roanoke are Salem and Vinton. Roanoke is named after the Roanoke River which runs through the city.

Roanoke is nicknamed "The Star City of the South" because of the Roanoke Star. It is a man-made star which sits on Mill Mountain, a hill south of Roanoke. Roanoke is also named the Heart of the Blue Ridge because Roanoke is located in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Another nickname for Roanoke is "Magic City."

Roanoke and its suburbs are located in a valley between the Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail » Mountain Trail » Star City » Roanoke Water Pollution Control Plant". Dgif.state.va.us. Retrieved 2009-08-27. [permanent dead link]
  2. "Roanoke City High Point Trip Report". Cohp.org. 2000-11-17. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.