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Roanoke is an independent city.

The community name derives from Indian term for "shell money."

The latitude of Roanoke is 37.270N. The longitude is -79.941W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 935 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 92,863.


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Median household income
Local
$30,719
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Roanoke demographic reports
Roanoke is on the Roanoke River, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Former and merged names include:
· Totero Town
· Big Lick
Boomed as a junction of the Shenandoah Valley and the Norfolk and Western railroads
Public transportation: Greater Roanoke Transit Company (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Local festivals include:
  • Appalachian Folk Festival - April 28, 2007
  • Festival in the Park - May 24-28, 2007
Dates often change. Check Roanoke web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke
Nearby parks & recreation: Virginia's Explore Park
Historic sites and museums: Virginia Museum of Transportation, Art Museum of Western Virginia, History Museum of Western Virginia, Science Museum of Western Virginia, Harrison Museum of African-American Culture
Colleges and universities: Hollins University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 99

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Roanoke demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Roanoke City economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 24017 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Roanoke residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Roanoke ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Roanoke was $18,468, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

19% of Roanoke residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Roanoke include Roanoke City Market Historic District, Roanoke Warehouse Historic District, Southwest Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Roanoke, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $385.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $772.


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Libraries in Roanoke include Blue Ridge Library, Gainsboro Branch Library, Glenvar Branch, Headquarters Library/Roanoke County Public, Hollins Branch, Jackson Park Branch Library, Law Library/Roanoke City Public, Melrose Branch Library, Mount Pleasant Branch, Raleigh Court Branch Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Roanoke include Roanoke Times

TV stations in Roanoke include WBRA, WDBJ, WFXR, WPXR, WSLS.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WVTF.

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Roanoke City supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Roanoke political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Roanoke workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 22 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Roanoke between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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