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The Town of Blacksburg is a vibrant college community with a daily population of over 50,000 people. Whether you’re living full time in Blacksburg, attending Virginia Tech, visiting, or thinking of expanding your business, there are a number of helpful resources available to you.

The town works with partnering organizations on event planning, prospective business outreach, business development and retention, retail recruitment, and industrial recruitment. These economic development organizations include:

The Town of Blacksburg’s population includes approximately 25,000 Virginia Tech students living on and off campus within the town limits and elsewhere in other localities in the New River Valley. The towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg plus the unincorporated areas of the county make up the overall Montgomery County population.

Decade
Blacksburg
Christiansburg
Unincorporated
County Areas
Montgomery
County

1900

768

659

14,425

15,852

1910

875

1,568

14,825

17,268

1920

1,095

1,641

15,859

18,595

1930

1,406

1,970

16,229

19,605

1940

2,133

2,299

16,774

21,206

1950

3,358

2,967

23,455

29,780

1960

7,070

3,653

29,200

39,923

1970

9,384

7,857

29,916

47,157

1980

30,638

10,345

22,533

63,516

1990

34,590

15,004

24,319

73,913

2000

39,573

16,947

27,109

83,629

2010

42,620

21,041

30,731

94,392

US Census

Blacksburg Quick Facts (2014)

Date of Incorporation

March 22, 1871

Form of Government

Council - Manager

Area

19.7 square miles

Miles of Public Street Lanes 354
Number of Street Lights 1,804
Number of Water Customers 9,159
Average Daily Water Consumption

2.27 million gallons

Miles of Water Main Lines 177
Miles of Sanitary Sewer Lines 156
Miles of Storm Sewer Pipes 34.5
Number of Full Time Employees 269

Average Part Time/Seasonal Employees

214