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Rankings, awards, and praise for Roanoke County:

 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2002 | Additional Rankings


Rankings for 2016
  • The Governor's Technology Awards program recognizes public sector information
    technology (IT) projects that have improved government service delivery and
    efficiency. The Mountain Valley Pipeline Viewer developed by Roanoke County
    won an award in the "IT as Efficiency Driver - Government to Citizen" category.
  • Roanoke County's Site Selector Application Wins 2016 NACo Achievement Award.

Rankings for 2015

  • Roanoke County schools earn 2015 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards. 
  • Roanoke was ranked among the top markets for starting a new business by nerdwallet.com. Ranked 22nd out of 183 metro markets considered, Roanoke was the top market in the state of Virginia. 
  • Roanoke was featured as one of the 10 best destinations for a weekend mountain bike getaway by singletracks.com. Ranking the Roanoke Region third on the list of weekend mountain biking getaways, the site mentions that only a truly dedicated rider could ever hit all the trails Roanoke has to offer on a 3-day trip.
  • U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools Rankings has awarded 2 Roanoke County High Schools with silver medals. Cave Spring High School was ranked 29th among Virginia high schools and 936th nationally. Glenvar High School was ranked 48th in Virginia and 2,256th in the U.S. There are 327 high schools in Virginia and 21,150 in the U.S. To read more.
  • Roanoke was named one of the top twenty southern cities for jobs, a new ranking by the site ziprecruiter.com. Ranking in at number seven, ziprecruiter notes that Roanoke's strategic location in the center of the East Coast promotes a thriving transportation industry allowing for overnight deliveries to most markets in the Southeast, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic. The site notes the primary role of healthcare and manufacturing in supporting the region's economy.

Rankings for 2014
  • Across Virginia, 71 schools earned the Board of Education Excellence Award, including two schools in
    Roanoke County: Cave Spring High School and Hidden Valley Middle School. Read more.

Rankings for 2012
  • Hidden Valley High School and Cave Spring High School have been ranked among the top 50 high schools in Virginia according to the 4th edition of the Best High Schools ranking by U.S. News. Hidden Valley H.S. was ranked 27th in Virginia (750th nationally) and Cave Spring H.S. was ranked 33rd (1,521st nationally). Both schools earned silver medals. Read more.

Rankings for 2011 
  • Roanoke County ranked by Business Insider as one of 20 American Cities and Counties That Could Be The Next Silicon Valley. Read more
  • The cost of living in the Roanoke Region is 8.5 percent lower than the national average and the second lowest of any metropolitan area in Virginia, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). Read more.
     
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Rankings for 2010 
  • For the seventh year in a row, Roanoke County has been named one of the top digital counties in the nation for 2010.
  • Three schools in Roanoke County earned the 2010 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence: Cave Spring Elementary School, Clearbrook Elementary School, and Hidden Valley High School.

Rankings for 2009 
  • Five Roanoke County schools earned the 2009 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.
  • Forbes' "America's Best Colleges 2009" ranked Hollins University the 95th best college in the United States.
  • Money Magazine's "10 Best Places for Jobs 2009" ranked Roanoke County 9th best place for jobs in the USA.
  • Money Magazine's "Best Places To Live 2009" ranked the Cave Spring area of Roanoke County 89th best place to live in the United States.

Rankings for 2008 
  • Forbes.com ranked the Roanoke Valley region in the top 100 best places for business and careers for 2008.
  • Southern Business and Development gave Roanoke the distinction as one of the top ten great innovation markets in the south for 2008.

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Rankings for 2006
  • The Information Technology Department achieved first place in the 2006 Digital Counties Survey for county governments in the population category of 150,000 to 249,999 for the third consecutive year.

Rankings for 2005 
  • The 2005 Digital Counties Survey by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties has named Roanoke County the most technologically-advanced, cutting-edge county government in the United States in the 150,000-249,999 population category.

Rankings for 2004 
  • The 2004 Digital Counties Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties has named Roanoke County the most technologically-advanced, cutting-edge county government in the United States in the 150,000-249,999 population category.
  • A University of Kentucky 2004 study rated Roanoke one of the nation's top 20 cities for quality of life.
  • The Roanoke Valley has been named a five-star community in Expansion Management’s 2004 Quality of Life Quotient.
  
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Rankings for 2002
  • According to the FBI's 2002 Uniform Crime Rates, Roanoke is the safest metropolitan area in the state.

Rankings for 1999 
  • A 1999 study by Old Dominion University researchers ranked the Roanoke Valley 11th in the nation in real per capita income, and first among Virginia's metropolitan areas.
  • Center in the Square, the multi-organizational arts facility in Downtown Roanoke, received a 1999 Downtown Achievement Award from the International Downtown Association. Center in the Square was also named one of five finalists for the 1997 Rudy Bruner Award for Excellence in the Urban Environment.

Additional Rankings 
  • Expansion Management magazine named Roanoke County public schools a gold medal award winner, indicating that the school system is in the top 17% of public schools in the nation.
  • Inc. magazine has named the Roanoke Valley one of the U.S.'s top 100 hot spots for business development.
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine named the Roanoke Valley one of the 10 healthiest places to live in the United States.
  • Money magazine named Roanoke as the third most livable Southern city.
  • Parenting magazine has called the Roanoke Valley one of the ten best places to raise a family in the United States.
  • Places Rated Almanac rated Roanoke 59th among 351 metropolitan areas surveyed for quality health care, beating out such places as Cincinnati, Nashville, Denver and Richmond.
  • Southern Business and Development Magazine ranked Roanoke tenth in the nation in mid-sized and small markets for economic development and job creation.
  • The National Association of Homebuilders named Roanoke as the most affordable housing market in Virginia.
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation has touted downtown Roanoke's revitalization as one of America's ten best.
  • The Roanoke City Farmer's Market has been named, along with Central Park and the French Quarter, as one of America's Great Public Places.
  • The Roanoke Valley has been ranked fourth in Expansion Management 's First Annual Health Quotient, a national ranking of health care costs and resources.
  • The Roanoke Valley was ranked 25th on Expansion Management magazine's list of the top 50 hottest cities for business expansion and relocation. The area is also named as a five-star location for expanding and relocating companies, based on low crime rates, affordable housing, low costs of living, good schools, and easy access.
  • The U.S. Department of Education has recognized Roanoke Valley schools for being among the best in the United States.
  • Zero Population Growth Inc. ranks the Roanoke Valley among the least stressful locations in the United States.

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