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, Roanoke isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Roanoke are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (13.22%), sales jobs (10.66%), and food service (8.53%).

The citizens of Roanoke are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.63% of adults in Roanoke having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Roanoke in 2010 was $23,685, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,740 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 African languages.