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Blacksburg, VA

Population: 45,037
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Blacksburg, VA, has one of the highest student to resident ratios in the country. There are nearly two students for every non-student. A cost of living that is about seven percent higher than the national average kept the city from being ranked higher on our list. While Blacksburg is a town that caters to students, it also offers much to families and recent graduates. And because fall is dominated by football, on Saturdays Blacksburg rocks when the Hokies play at home.

Downtown Blacksburg features more than 150 local restaurants, pubs, shops, galleries and boutiques. The city is located between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, both home to scenic drives, great hiking, camping and biking. The cost of living here is slightly higher than the national average, but the perks are well worth it.

In 2013, Virginia Tech will open a new arts center with a 1,260-seat theater and galleries. The Perspective Gallery, located in the Student Center, is free and open to the public. The general community has limited access to the University's BreakZONE Recreation Center, which offers bowling, billiards and other games. Community members are also invited to partake in Venture Out, a program sponsored by the university, which organizes outdoor excursions and rents out gear.


City Population (2010 Census): 42,620

Student Population: 30,000

College(s): Virginia Tech

Don't Miss: Lyric Theatre for movies, The Rivermill for drinks, Sycamore Deli for food

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Best College Towns in 2010