Livability Awards

A+ Roanoke Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Roanoke Cost of Living Cost of living is 18% lower than Virginia
8812% less expensive than the US average
1077% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Roanoke cost of living
F Roanoke Crime Total crime is 160% higher than Virginia
Total crime
4,85988% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2188% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
5%Year over year crime is up
Roanoke crime
D Roanoke Employment Household income is 41% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$39,20129% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,61121% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% higher than the US average
Roanoke employment
F Roanoke Housing Home value is 46% lower than Virginia
Median home value
$133,00028% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$74821% lower than the US average
Home ownership
52%18% lower than the US average
Roanoke real estate or Roanoke rentals
A+ Roanoke Schools HS graduation rate is 6% lower than Virginia
High school grad. rates
80%4% lower than the US average
School test scores
78%58% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:125% lower than the US average
Roanoke K-12 schools or Roanoke colleges

Living in Roanoke, VA

Located in the state of Virginia, Roanoke is a moderately-sized city with a population of 99,329 inhabitants. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Roanoke. With average one way commute time of only 20 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Are you trying to decide if living in Roanoke is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before relocating to any new city in Virginia, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Roanoke and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, weather, education and other important metrics.

Roanoke has a livability score of 74 out of 100 and is ranked #191 in Virginia and #6,113 in the USA. If we consider each of the categories on their own, we see that Roanoke ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+) and education (A+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Roanoke. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), employment (D) and housing (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Roanoke, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Mill Mountain Star and Park, Virginia Museum of Transportation, and Mill Mountain Zoo.

Knowing that the Roanoke schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 78%, which is far higher than the national average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Roanoke is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Roanoke come in at $133,000, which is 46.5% lower than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Roanoke, the home price to income ratio is 3.4, which is 10.5% lower than the Virginia average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Roanoke were 3.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 2.1%.

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Roanoke, VA - A Bright Star In The Sky

I lived in Roanoke, VA on and off for about 5 years and honestly have to say that Roanoke was never a great city however over the past few years it really has taken a turn in the better direction!

The new re-designed downtown Roanoke, while still small, is very spiffy and modern. They have a central farmers market with city blocks that seem to be configured outward from the central market. Visitors will notice gorgeous buildings and store fronts that line the streets on both sides and many excellent restaurants and cafes. The new Roanoke has a very modern feel which makes it quite a pleasure to visit.

Roanoke has two different malls both which offer comfortable shopping. In addition there are tons of local storefronts which offer a wide range of specialty and designer clothes and items. Nightlife in Roanoke is moderate and there are several bars and clubs including a friendly gay bar. Outside of the main city area Roanoke does not have much to offer. For those considering moving, Roanoke does have a great job atmosphere focusing mostly on Call Center and Tech Jobs. There are also plenty of apartments and houses for rent in the area.
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