Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
166,304
0.0891% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
33.7
0.882% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
21.5%
0.339% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$62,017
8.08% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$221,400
13.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
76,910
1.31% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA had a population of 166k people with a median age of 33.7 and a median household income of $62,017. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA grew from 166,156 to 166,304, a 0.0891% increase and its median household income grew from $57,381 to $62,017, a 8.08% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (85.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.51%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.16%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.27%), and White (Hispanic) (1.24%).

None of the households in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.4% of the residents in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (10,020 degrees awarded in 2022), Radford University (2,248 degrees), and New River Community College (942 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA was $221,400, and the homeownership rate was 60.1%.

Most people in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA was 2 cars per household.

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA borders Bluefield, WV-VA and Roanoke, VA.

Population & Diversity

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA is home to a population of 166k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.96% of Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA residents were born outside of the country (9.92k people).

In 2022, there were 18.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (142k people) in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.91k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.4%
2022 Citizenship
96.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.4% of Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA was 96.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    142k ± 401
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    7.5k ± 387
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    6.91k ± 423
3.02%
Hispanic Population
5.03k people

In 2022, there were 18.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (142k people) in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.91k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.02% of the people in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA are hispanic (5.03k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    107,605 ± 8,003 people
  2. India
    98,735 ± 7,670 people
  3. Mexico
    59,855 ± 5,986 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 107,605 Virginia residents, followed by India with 98,735 and Mexico with 59,855.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.96%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
9.92k people
5.69%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
9.46k people

As of 2022, 5.96% of Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA residents (9.92k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA was 5.69%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,553 ± 320
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,593 ± 342
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,152 ± 260

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.6 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA employs 76.9k people. The largest industries in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA are Educational Services (16,982 people), Manufacturing (9,871 people), and Retail Trade (8,502 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,987), Utilities ($65,035), and Manufacturing ($52,936).

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $69,674. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.475, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

76.9k
2022 Value
± 2,359
1.31%
1 Year growth
± 4.28%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA grew at a rate of 1.31%, from 75.9k employees to 76.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (9,292 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,281 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,015 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

76.9k
2022 Value
± 2,359
1.31%
1 Year growth
± 4.28%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA grew at a rate of 1.31%, from 75.9k employees to 76.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA, are Educational Services (16,982 people), Manufacturing (9,871 people), and Retail Trade (8,502 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA, though some of these residents may live in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,131
Median earning men ± $2,060
$32,301
Median earning women ± $1,770

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($58,523), Manufacturing ($56,760), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,230).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($48,207), Manufacturing ($45,285), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($40,420).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.1M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 2.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,424
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 823
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 736
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Virginia went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 54.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (44%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.45%).

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA awarded 13,680 degrees. The student population of Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 27,319 male students and 24,995 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA are White (8,946 and 70.4%), followed by Asian (1,073 and 8.45%), Hispanic or Latino (842 and 6.63%), and Black or African American (759 and 5.98%).

The largest universities in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA by number of degrees awarded are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (10,020 and 73.2%), Radford University (2,248 and 16.4%), and New River Community College (942 and 6.89%).

The most popular majors in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA are General Computer & Information Sciences (520 and 3.8%), Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy (470 and 3.44%), and Management Science (444 and 3.25%).

The median tuition cost in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA for a public four year colleges is $10,130 for in-state students and $26,000 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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Measure

In 2022 in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 64.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 23%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 52,314 (52.2% men and 47.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 52,314 students enrolled in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA, 52.2% men and 47.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 31,612 records, of which 49.8% were women and 50.2% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 366 degrees awarded
  2. 360 degrees awarded
  3. 444 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA was General Computer & Information Sciences with 366 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 10,020 degrees awarded
  2. 2,248 degrees awarded
  3. 942 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with 10,020 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 7,036 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA, which is 1.06 times more than the 6,644 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 8,946 degrees mean that there were 8.34 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 1,073 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($10,130) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($3,161) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($2,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.884% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.904% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.71M), Bachelors Degree (1.47M), and Some college (1.4M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA was $221,400 in 2022, which is 0.785 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $195,100 to $221,400, a 13.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA is 60.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA have an average commute time of 20.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA is $62,017. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA was Loudoun County, VA with a value of $170,463, followed by Falls Church city, VA and Fairfax County, VA, with respective values of $164,536 and $145,165.

Property

$221,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,991
$37,794
Median Property Taxes
±$1,434

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

60.1%
Homeownership
2022
67.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 60.1% of the housing units in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA was Loudoun County, VA with a value of $170,463, followed by Falls Church city, VA and Fairfax County, VA, with respective values of $164,536 and $145,165.

The following map shows all of the counties in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$62,017
Median Household Income
± $2,250
62.8k
Number of Households
± 1,913

In 2022, the median household income of the 62.8k households in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA grew to $62,017 from the previous year's value of $57,381.

The following chart displays the households in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA is from Virginia.
0.475
2022 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.476
2021 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2022, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.475 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.164% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77%)
  2. Worked At Home (7.71%)
  3. Carpooled (7.05%)

In 2022, 77% of workers in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (7.71%) and those who carpooled to work (7.05%).

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Commute Time

20.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA have a shorter commute time (20.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.27% of the workforce in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

21.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA (32.5k out of 151k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA is White, followed by Black and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94.6% of the population of Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA has health coverage, with 57.2% on employee plans, 9.75% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 1.75% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Virginia see 1310 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.13% decrease from the previous year (1325 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1393 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 484 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,310 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Virginia

Primary care physicians in Virginia see an average of 1,310 patients per year. This represents a 1.13% decrease from the previous year (1,325 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20% under 18 years, 32% between 18 and 34 years, 32.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.8% were men and 50.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.41%
Uninsured
57.2%
Employer Coverage
9.75%
Medicaid
13.5%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
1.75%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA declined by 15.6% from 6.41% to 5.41%.

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