Blacksburg, some 12,000 acres nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, is special. Home to about 41,700 local residents, the town is considered small by most any standard — but don’t let its size or location fool you.
Because of the town’s award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live and has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community.
Established in 1798 and now Virginia’s largest town, Blacksburg lies within Montgomery County, which has a population of some 94,000.
Vibrant and engaging, Blacksburg’s downtown offers more than 150 unique stores, art galleries, and eclectic restaurants. The area’s wide red-brick sidewalks, Victorian street lamps, and park benches encourage foot traffic and make meeting folks easy.
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A 2010 Wall Street Journal report ranked Virginia Tech among the top 25 schools for "best-qualified" graduates.
A high-tech, professional environment, Blacksburg is one of the most “wired” communities on the planet, offering mobile connection to the Internet from anywhere in town.
In the National Citizens Survey, Blacksburg residents gave the highest ratings to their town’s appearance, openness, and acceptance, as well as its many cultural opportunities, safety, and low crime rate.
Blacksburg has been ranked among the nation’s best places to live by Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Men’s Journal, 50 Best Small Southern Towns, The Sporting News, and Retirement Places Rated.
Outside Magazine ranked Blacksburg a top-10 “dream town” for outdoors enthusiasts because of its proximity to the Appalachian Trail and the Washington-Jefferson National Forest. The area’s natural resources for hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, and climbing are phenomenal.
The nationally accredited Virginia Tech Police Department operates 24-hours a day and provides full police service to the university community.
Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center (CRC) hosts more than 100 technology-based companies, as well as the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, contributing to Blacksburg’s high-tech, professional environment.
The award-winning Blacksburg Transit (BT), which provides town-wide public transportation at a reasonable cost, also furnishes a game day shuttle for football and basketball games.
Outside magazine named Blacksburg one of the top 10 places to live in the country. It had something to do with the skiing, horseback riding, hiking, camping, rafting, golfing, caving ... you get the picture. Venture Out, a program of Student Centers and Activities, organizes outings all over the area.