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A+ Blacksburg Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Blacksburg Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% higher than Virginia
11010% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Blacksburg cost of living
A+ Blacksburg Crime Total crime is 60% lower than Virginia
Total crime
79971% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 12671% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-70%Year over year crime is down
Blacksburg crime
D Blacksburg Employment Household income is 47% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$34,86337% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,14132% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%30% lower than the US average
Blacksburg employment
F Blacksburg Housing Home value is 11% higher than Virginia
Median home value
$276,50050% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9642% higher than the US average
Home ownership
28%55% lower than the US average
Blacksburg real estate or Blacksburg rentals
A+ Blacksburg Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Virginia
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
89%80% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:127% lower than the US average
Blacksburg K-12 schools or Blacksburg colleges

Living in Blacksburg, VA

Blacksburg, Virginia is a mid-sized city with a population of 43,973 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 78% of Blacksburg residents are White, 12% Asian and 5% Black. Blacksburg could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 22 years old is below the nation’s average. Blacksburg is known to be family friendly as more than 81% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 58% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Blacksburg could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Virginia if you know where to look. To help you find the best places to live in and around Blacksburg, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, weather, housing and more.

Using data and statistics Blacksburg has received a livability score of 76/100. This score is ranked in the 84th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a fantastic score, as Blacksburg ranks well in multiple categories! If we take a closer look at each of the categories on their own, we see that Blacksburg ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+) and education (A+). On a more negative note, Blacksburg does not have favorable ranks for the following: cost of living (D-), employment (D) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Blacksburg has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Blacksburg gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 53 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Blacksburg have a test score average of 89%, which is well above the US average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Blacksburg. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Blacksburg are affordable. The median home price for Blacksburg homes is $276,500, which is 11.3% higher than the Virginia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Blacksburg, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7.9, which is 107.9% higher than the Virginia average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Blacksburg area were 6.7% and 5 year appreciation rates were 2.7%.

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Sweet college town

Impressions from a Yankee: Nice college vibe, lovely little town. A block or two off the main drag the downtown disappears. Big box stores are pushed a few miles south to the next burg where the working folks live. Friendly people, safe and clean community, tiny farmers market. No Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, but newish Kroger has the basics. Real estate options limited and on the high side of affordable. Nice campus.
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Blacksburg Is A Blend Of Two Worlds

Blacksburg, VA is a town that looks toward the mountains. I moved here five years ago because of a job. There are some things I like about the area as well as some things that I would change. I'll start with the negative aspects.

One of the main things I don't like is that there are too many homes and businesses together. They are right on top of each other, and I come from a town in Maine that didn't have homes like that. Another thing that I don't like about the area is the weather. In the spring and summer, it's not that bad, but the area does see quite a bit of snow in the winter.

Even though there are some negative things about Blacksburg, there are some positive points as well. If you're looking for work, you won't be disappointed. There are several businesses and small stores that are usually hiring. Lane Stadium is one of the best places I've been to for watching a baseball game. One of the places to visit if you like history is Smithfield Plantation. You get to take a step back in time to see how people in the colonial era lived. There are houses on the plantation that you can walk through and demonstrations of making foods and clothing. The Alexander Black House is another historical place to visit if you want a little background on the city. It has recently been restored, but there are some of the original artifacts and furniture left of the home. The New River Junction is also a place to check out if you like being outside and taking a plunge by going rafting.
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