Rankings for 2022

Rankings for 2021

  • Emsi ranked Roanoke County #459 out of 2,220 counties (population 5k - 99k) for their Talent Attraction Scorecard.
  • The International Economic Development Council recognized Roanoke County as a recipient of a 2021 Excellence in Economic Development Award. The Town of Vinton Business District Revitalization Project was awarded the Bronze Award in the Public-Private Partnerships, 25,000 - 200,000 population category.
  • The Virginia Association of Counties recognized Roanoke County as a recipient of a 2021 VACo Achievement Award for the Town of Vinton Business District Revitalization Project.
  • LinkedIn’s Workforce Insights has recognized Roanoke as a top ten small metro for remote workers with the publication of their “Top 20 Cities to Pursue Faraway Jobs” list. 
  • USNews.com ranked Roanoke County as one of US News & World Report’s Healthiest Communities for 2021 
  • Niche.com ranked Vinton (#51) and the Hollins area (#58) among the 2021 Places with the Lowest Cost of Living in Virginia.
  • Stacker.com ranked Roanoke County #3 in the Best Counties to Retire to in Virginia.

Rankings for 2020

  • Roanoke in Virginia's Blue Ridge was voted a Top Adventure Town in the 2020 Top Adventure Towns contest, hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.
  • Smartasset.com ranked the Hollins area in the Top 10 Most Affordable Places in Virginia.

Rankings for 2019

  • Livability.com has placed Roanoke on its 2019 list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.

Rankings for 2018

Rankings for 2017

Rankings for 2016

  • The Governor’s Technology Awards program recognizes public sector information technology (IT) projects that have improved government service delivery andefficiency. 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. 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. 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. 
  • Roanoke was named one of the top twenty southern cities for jobs, a new ranking by the site ZipRecruiter. 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.