Get to Know the Roanoke Region of Virginia

The Roanoke Region is the largest metropolitan area in Western Virginia and home to diverse communities with more than 325,000 residents. The region includes Botetourt County, Franklin County, Covington, Alleghany County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Vinton, and Salem. It’s smack dab in the middle of the East Coast and just a short car ride from major metros such as Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; and New York.

With unmatched cultural, outdoor, and career opportunities, it’s where you want to live, work, and play.

Roanoke By The Numbers

  • Land area: 2,322 square miles
  • Elevation: 1,149 feet
  • Average January low: 27.2 F
  • Average July high: 87.0 F
  • Average annual rainfall: 41.0 inches



  • Wide range jobs in diverse industries
  • Nationally recognized training programs and facilities


  • Diverse arts and cultural community
  • So many outdoor recreation opportunities: cycling, fishing, water sports, hiking, camping
  • Home to semi-pro baseball, hockey, and football teams; plus NCAA sports
  • Attractions include Smith Mountain Lake, Appalachian Trail, and Blue Ridge Parkway