Roanoke, Virginia

independent city in Virginia, United States

Roanoke is a city in Virginia in the United States. At the 2020 census, 100,011 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, Virginia
Downtown Roanoke from atop Mill Mountain.
Downtown Roanoke from atop Mill Mountain.
Official logo of Roanoke, Virginia
The Star City of The South or Magic City
Roanoke is located in Shenandoah Valley
Location in Virginia
Roanoke is located in Virginia
Roanoke (Virginia)
Roanoke is located in the United States
Roanoke (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°16′15″N 79°56′30″W / 37.27083°N 79.94167°W / 37.27083; -79.94167
CountryUnited States
CountyNone (Independent city)
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
see Roanoke City Council
 • MayorSherman Lea
 • Independent city43 sq mi (110 km2)
 • Land43 sq mi (110 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation883–1,740 ft (269–530 m)
 • Independent city100,011
 • Density2,300/sq mi (900/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
24001–24020, 24022–24038, 24040, 24042–24045, 24048, 24050, 24155, 24157
Area code540
FIPS code51-68000[3]
GNIS feature ID1499971[4]

Roanoke is nicknamed "The Star City of the South" because of the Roanoke Star. It is a neon lamp 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.


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  2. "Roanoke City High Point Trip Report". 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.