Retire in Blacksburg

Best Retirement City - Blacksburg

See why many believe that Blacksburg is the best city to retire

Blacksburg, Virginia is another town which finds itself in touch with nature, while having a more relaxed pace of life. With its close proximity to the Appalachian Trail, the town boasts impressive access to hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. In 2011, Southern Living magazine named Blacksburg the "Best College Town in the South", due to Virginia Tech's interconnectedness with the town. Blacksburg's low cost of living and friendly atmosphere make the town a great choice for many new retirees. Click on the tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Blacksburg.

City Highlights

  1. Relaxed pace of life
  2. Access to outdoor activities and the Appalachian Trial
  3. Low cost of living
  4. Highly educated
  5. Low unemployment rate for retirees

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Not close to a major airport
  2. Lack of big city amenities

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 30,982

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Greensboro, NC

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Roanoke Regional Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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