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Radford, VA, is an independent Virginia city situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Together with the nearby towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, it's part of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Area. Radford is bordered on three sides by the New River. Before it became Radford, the town was known as Lovely Mount or Central Depot. Radford has a population of almost 17,000, a total area of 10.2 square miles and is home to Radford University.

Demographics

The city of Radford has about 6,000 households, 35 percent of which are married couples and 20 percent of which include kids under 18. Radford is home to Radford University, so 60 percent of the households are students living alone or together while attending university. Nearly 50 percent of Radford residents are between the ages of 18 and 24, while those between the ages of 25 and 64 represent 35 percent of the population. Median family income is around $50,000, but because so many residents are students working part-time, 33 percent have incomes below the poverty line.

History

Early settlers came to Radford in the early 1800s to access fresh water from the New River. The town was a converging point for pioneers headed west. In 1854, Radford experienced a population surge with the arrival of the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad. A large depot was constructed at Lovely Mount in Radford, and the area was called Central Depot or Lovely Mount. The depot drew many new settlers, and the expanding town became a center for business and trade. In 1891, the area was officially named Radford after founding father Dr. John B. Radford.

During the early 1900s, many businesses were established in Radford including a creamery, an ice company, a foundry and several milling companies. The State Normal School opened in 1913, was renamed Radford College in 1924, and in 1979 became Radford University. During WWII, Radford became the site for a U.S. gunpowder manufacturing plant known as the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Together with the railroad and Lynchburg Foundry, it was one of the top three local employers, drawing many families to the area.

Recreation

The city has four large parks with enclosed picnic shelters, playgrounds and sports fields. Bissett Park and Riverview Park are situated on the New River and offer tubing, kayaking, canoeing, boating and fishing. The Wildwood Park Nature and Wildlife Preserve boasts 50 acres of wooded valleys, meadows, limestone cliffs and a stream. There are hiking and biking trails, along with a butterfly garden. Bird watchers can explore four different stops on Virginia’s Birding Trail.

Glencoe Museum And Gallery

The Glencoe House was built in 1870 by Confederate Brigadier General Gabriel C. Wharton and overlooks the New River. Besides period furnishings, this handsome Victorian mansion features a gallery displaying local art and artifact exhibits from Radford's early history. The three-story house boasts 12 fireplaces, elaborate moldings and 11-foot ceilings. It was donated to the City of Radford in 1996, and after extensive restoration, it opened as Glencoe Museum in 1998.

Climate

Radford, VA, has a mild climate. Summer highs average in the mid-70s; winter highs average in the mid-30s. Because the temperatures are not extreme in Radford, ductless HVAC is a modern and energy-efficient solution for residential heating and cooling needs. Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Heat Pumps and Ductless Air Conditioners are especially designed to deliver affordable, consistent and reliable indoor comfort year-round. To learn how you can reduce power bills with high-efficiency ductless HVAC, contact http://virginiaacdealers.com/ to locate a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor near you.