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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Blacksburg, Virginia

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. 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 Blacksburg courtesy of Wikipedia and Phuriphat Dejsuphong.

Where to Retire in Blacksburg and Home Prices

The median home value in Blacksburg was $340,116 in early 2022, according to Zillow. Blacksburg has at least one active adult community - see link at left.

What Is Special about Blacksburg

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. Blackstone has a public Aquatic Center with year round access that is a definite plus.

What Is Not Special about Blacksburg

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.

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.

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.


The crime rate is low in Blacksburg.

Medical Facilities

Montgomery Regional Hospital serves Blacksburg.


Roanoke Airport is about 25 miles away. There is an executive airport in Blacksburg.

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