Blacksburg was ranked as the largest town in Virginia at the 2010 census, with a population of 42,620 and a daytime population that tops 50,000 people. This is a vibrant college community dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech offers the largest number of degree programs in the state of Virginia. Sixty percent of the town’s population consists of Virginia Tech students living on and off campus within the town limits and in other parts of Montgomery County. The town is located approximately four hours southwest of metropolitan Washington, DC, via Interstate 81.
Lively and engaging, Blacksburg’s pedestrian-friendly downtown offers unique stores, art galleries, fine restaurants and the local farmer’s market. The new Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech serves as the cornerstone of the budding arts district in downtown Blacksburg. Its night life features an eclectic music scene and activities for all ages. Blacksburg Transit, the town’s award-winning bus system, provides reliable public transportation at a reasonable cost.
Due to its excellent services, reasonable cost of living, low crime rate, pleasant climate and numerous cultural opportunities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live. Blacksburg is also known as a Creative Village because of its commitment to the arts and its reputation as a high-tech hot spot.
The International Street Fair & Parade is held annually in Blacksburg on the first Saturday in April. More than 110 countries are represented by the student body of Virginia Tech and community members during the festival. The town’s proximity to the Appalachian Trail and the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests gives outdoor enthusiasts unlimited opportunities for adventure.