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Roanoke, Va., formerly called Big Lick, is the 10th largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. From its inception in the mid-1850s, Roanoke has maintained its roots as a transportation center and cultural hub for Southwest Virginia.

History

The area now known as Roanoke was a favorite hunting ground of the Algonquin Indians. Early explorers arrived in the 1600s; frontier settlements were established as early as 1740. Situated on the Great Wagon Road, a heavily traveled trail from Philadelphia through the Roanoke Gap, the area attracted the attention of immigrants. Big Lick was established in 1852; the name was derived from the large outcroppings of salt deposits, or licks, which attracted an abundance of game.

The railroad played a vital role in the growth the settlement experienced. The arrival of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad in 1852 sparked the initial growth; the arrival of the Shenandoah Valley and Norfolk and Western rails in 1881 spurred a population explosion. The population jumped from less than 700 inhabitants in 1881 to more than 5,000 in 1883. The town’s name was changed to Roanoke in 1882, and the city received its charter in 1884.

Geography

Nestled in a valley between the Allegheny Mountains on the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains on the west, Roanoke encompasses 43 square miles. Located in the North Fork of Roanoke, a designated winemaking region, the city sits 138 miles southwest of the capital city of Richmond. The Staunton River, which is a segment of the Roanoke River, flows through the city. Interstate 581 is the primary north-south transportation route; U.S. Route 460 is the primary east-west route.

Climate

Roanoke’s climate has four distinct seasons and features warm summers and cold winters. Temperatures top out at 87 degrees in July; January temperatures average a low of 26 degrees. Annual rainfall averages 43 inches. Although May is the wettest month, averaging 4 inches of rain, precipitation is fairly well spread throughout the year.

Demographics

In 2011, the population of Roanoke was 96,856 with a population density of 2,259. The major religious affiliation is Southern Baptist; in addition to other mainline Protestant denominations, the Catholic, Jewish and Islam faiths are represented.

Roanoke’s economy is diverse. The largest employer is the Carilion Health System; other top employers include the education, retail and insurance sectors. Advance Auto Parts and the Virginia Transformer Corp. have headquarters here, and United Parcel Service maintains a large hub at the Roanoke Regional Airport. Almost 31 percent of jobs are in sales and office occupations. The 2010 Census shows the median household income is $37,753 with a per capita income of $23,023. Workers have an average commute of 18.5 minutes.

The median housing value for owner-occupied units in Roanoke is $131,800; the median rental cost is $659. The city is divided into four sections: Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast; mailing addresses include the two-letter quadrant designation. The city’s more than 40 distinct neighborhoods include industrial, commercial, low-density residential and public housing regions. The Valley Metro bus line provides public transit.

Area Attractions

Street festivals, a chili cook-off and a variety of cultural events provide an array of entertainment activities for visitors and residents. The Grandin Village Historic District features an eclectic mix of architecture, retail establishments and restaurants. The Shaftman Performance Hall hosts concerts, lectures and other events; theater-goers can enjoy Broadway productions, children’s theatre and regional theatre. The Center in the Square, located in downtown Roanoke, is home to the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, four museums, a planetarium, opera and ballet. The Taubman Museum of Art, Mill Mountain Zoo and the historic Hotel Roanoke are other cultural attractions.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is located seven miles north of the city. The 12,463-acre reserve offers hiking, biking, equestrian, boating and fishing activities. Smith Mountain Lake is a popular recreation area for boating, wakeboarding and water skiing. The Appalachian Trail, Jefferson National Forest and Mill Mountain Park also offer a variety of outdoor activities.

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