Blacksburg : Virginia

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What Blacksburg is like for active adults
The home of the Hokie Nation, Blacksburg is where Virginia Tech University comes to study and play in western Virginia.  The scenery in the mountains is spectacular, and so are the recreation possibilities. Blacksburg is a great college town and an excellent place to retire. The population is growing, about 44,000 people live here. There are 2 shopping malls: the University Mall and the New River Valley Mall. There are more than 500 acres of parks, an aquatic center, and a Community Center.
Photo of downtown downtown Blacksburg courtesy of Wikipedia and Phuriphat Dejsuphong. Photo of town against mountains courtesy of Wikipedia and Bburg.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Average home value in late 2012 was about $200,000 (City-Data).  Zillow.com reports the median sale price to be $220,000 in early 2013.

Blacksburg has at least one active adult community - see link at right.

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What is special about this retirement community
Best thing about Blacksburg is being the home of Virginia Tech University in the beautiful mountains of western Virginia. There is always something going on around campus and the town has the advantages of a college town. The Hokies are an especially proud university with tremendous success in the classroom and athletic fields. Blacksburg Electronic Village.
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What is not special about this retirement community
A killing spree a few years ago at the University by a disturbed student was an extremely unfortunate incident for students, the administration, and the town. Blacksburg is fairly remote and might not appeal to everyone.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People who want to live in a college town in Virginia will probably like it in Blacksburg. It offers a quiet lifestyle rather than a hectic one.
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Local economy is driven by
Virginia Tech is the major industry, but there are other large firms in the area as well, many of them of a high-tech nature. The Virginia Tech Research Center is home to several large companies.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Blacksburg is in southwestern Virginia near the mountains. Winters can be chilly at times, summers are not as hot as other parts of Virginia.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Lyric Theatre and Armory Art Gallery are in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech provides cultural and sports entertainment for the town. There are also several festivals throughout the year, such as the International Street Fair & Parade and Steppin' Out.
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Crime
The crime rate is low in Blacksburg.
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Medical facilities
Montgomery Regional Hospital serves Blacksburg.
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Transportation
Roanoke Airport is about 25 miles away. There is an executive airport in Blacksburg.
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Valuable Links
Town of Blacksburg
Virginia retirement guide
Blacksburg Electronic Village
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Facts about BLACKSBURG
  • State: VA
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 0-24
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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