Roanoke is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 99,660 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, Roanoke is the tenth largest community in Virginia.
Roanoke is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Roanoke is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Roanoke who work in office and administrative support (14.21%), sales jobs (10.48%), and food service (8.69%).
Many people in Roanoke take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Roanoke citizens for affordable transportation.
The citizens of Roanoke are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.90% of adults in Roanoke having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Roanoke in 2010 was $23,611, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,444 for a family of four. However, Roanoke contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Roanoke is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Roanoke home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Roanoke residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Roanoke include Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Roanoke is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.