Roanoke in Virginia's Blue Ridge has earned a spot on another Top 10 list for its outstanding quality of life!
Roanoke is ranked No. 3 on the new list of "2018 Best Affordable Places to Live" published by Livability.
According to the criteria, the list was compiled based on a review of over 2,000 cities around the country and selected based on a combination of cost of living, entertainment, median income, economy, healthcare, and amenities.
With over 600 miles of trails and a reputation as one of the best regions on the East Coast for outdoor recreation, combined with a local economy that is reinventing itself around healthcare & technology and an affordable cost of living, Roanoke is becoming a very attractive place to live, as evidenced by its spot on the list.
Livability cites the area's temperate climate, rich variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation, and cultural offerings like the Taubman Museum of Art and Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
The following is an excerpt from the section about Roanoke:
"So Roanoke is definitely affordable — but why is it a good place to live? Well, let's start with the climate. Roanoke enjoys four distinct seasons and tends to lack the extremes of other seasonal cities. It gets much less snow than average, nearly 30 fewer days of precipitation, stays a bit warmer in the winter, and has more sunny days than your average American city. And you can enjoy this climate thoroughly with a wide range of outdoor adventures at your fingertips. Roanoke has been recognized as one of America’s Best Trail Towns, and the famous Appalachian Trail runs north of the city. If you'd prefer a scenic drive, the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway can’t be beat."