Blacksburg, some 12,000 acres nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains, is special. Home to about 42,600 local residents, the town is considered small by most any standard, but don’t let its size or location fool you.
Because of its award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live and has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community.
Established in 1798 and now Virginia’s largest town, Blacksburg lies within Montgomery County, which has a population of some 95,000.
Vibrant and engaging, Blacksburg’s downtown offers unique stores, art galleries, and eclectic restaurants. The area’s wide red-brick sidewalks, Victorian street lamps, and park benches encourage foot traffic and make meeting folks easy.
- In 2012, www.homes.com, a real estate site, ranked Blacksburg No. 1 on its “Top 10 Cities to Raise a Family” listing, citing the presence of Virginia Tech and numerous economic opportunities.
- In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek named Blacksburg the best place in the United States to raise children.
- A high-tech, professional environment, Blacksburg is one of the most “wired” communities on the planet.
- In the National Citizens Survey, Blacksburg residents gave the highest ratings to their town’s appearance, openness, and acceptance, as well as its many cultural opportunities, safety, and low crime rate.
- Blacksburg has been ranked among the nation’s best places to live by Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Men’s Journal, 50 Best Small Southern Towns, The Sporting News, and Retirement Places Rated.
- Outside Magazine ranked Blacksburg a top-10 “dream town” for outdoors enthusiasts because of its proximity to the Appalachian Trail and the Washington-Jefferson National Forest. The area’s natural resources for hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, and climbing are phenomenal.
- The nationally accredited Virginia Tech Police Department operates 24-hours a day and provides full police service to the university community.
- Blacksburg, along with Christiansburg and Radford and including Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties, is considered a Metropolitan Statistical Area by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center hosts more than 100 technology-based companies, as well as the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, contributing to Blacksburg’s high-tech, professional environment.
- The award-winning Blacksburg Transit provides town-wide public transportation at a reasonable cost and a game day shuttle for football and basketball games.
Tools for Students
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is the civil rights guarantee for persons with disabilities in the United States. It provides protection from discrimination for individuals on the basis of disability.
The ADA extends civil rights protections for people with disabilities to employment in the public and private sectors, transportation, public accommodations, services provided by state and local government, and telecommunication services.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment and education in compliance with the ADA 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act 2008.
Students, employees, and visitors who require assistance should contact University ADA Services.
- Services for Students with Disabilities
- University ADA Services
- Assistive Technologies (Special Services)
- Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies
- Environmental, Health, and Safety Services
- Policy 7215: Information Technology Accessibility (PDF)
- Policy 4075: Accommodations of Employees and Applicants with Disabilities (PDF)
- Training and Technical Assistance Center
- Office of Civil Rights (ADA Section)
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