Roanoke, VA Profile: Facts & Data


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Roanoke, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Roanoke is the 9th largest city in Virginia with a population of 100,418 as of July 1, 2018. Roanoke ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Roanoke is located at latitude 37.2785 and longitude -79.9582 in Roanoke (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Roanoke (see map below) encompass a land area of 42.53 sq. miles and a water area of 0.34 sq. miles. Roanoke (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 935 feet.

The City of Roanoke (GNIS ID: 1498439) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Roanoke: Big Lick, Old Lick, Rawrenock, Rhoanoke, Star City, Star City of the SouMagic City, The own.

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Roanoke, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 100,418
Population in Households 98,293
Population in Familes 71,068
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,125
Population Density2 2,361
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $38,140
Average Household Income $53,438
Per Capita Income $23,887


Total Housing Units 48,408 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 22,521 (46.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 21,442 (44.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,445 ( 9.2%)
Median Home Value $137,330
Average Home Value $181,495


Total Households 43,963
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 23,764
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.43% 0.33%
Households 0.36% 0.29%
Families 0.15% 0.15%
Median Household Income   2.04%
Per Capita Income   2.98%

Roanoke, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Roanoke to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 9 99th
Population Density # 122 80th
Diversity Index # 138 77th
Median Household Income # 486 18th
Per Capita Income # 383 36th

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