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Roanoke, Virginia

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Official logo of Roanoke, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°16′15″N 79°56′30″W / 37.27083°N 79.94167°W / 37.27083; -79.94167
CountryUnited States
CountyNone (Independent city)
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
see Roanoke City Council
 • MayorSherman Lea
 • Independent city43 sq mi (110 km2)
 • Land43 sq mi (110 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (1 km2)
Elevation883–1,740 ft (269–530 m)
 • Independent city97,032
 • Density2,257/sq mi (871/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
24001–24020, 24022–24038, 24040, 24042–24045, 24048, 24050, 24155, 24157
FIPS code51-68000[3]
GNIS feature ID1499971[4]

Roanoke is a city in Virginia in the United States. At the 2010 census, 97,032 people lived in Roanoke. The two main suburbs of Roanoke are Salem and Vinton. Roanoke is named after the Roanoke River which runs through the city.

Roanoke is nicknamed "The Star City of the South" because of the Roanoke Star. It is a man-made star which sits on Mill Mountain, a hill south of Roanoke. Roanoke is also named the Heart of the Blue Ridge because Roanoke is located in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Another nickname for Roanoke is "Magic City."

Roanoke and its suburbs are located in a valley between the Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains.