Roanoke, VA
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Roanoke is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 99,897 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, Roanoke is the tenth largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Roanoke is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Roanoke is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Roanoke who work in office and administrative support (14.21%), sales jobs (10.04%), and food service (8.42%).

Also of interest is that Roanoke has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

The population of Roanoke overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Roanoke, 24.09% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Roanoke in 2010 was $23,565, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,260 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 English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Roanoke is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.