Living & Working in Roanoke

Living & Working in Roanoke

Western Virginia: An Ideal Location for You

Our faculty members come from all over the country to be part of this amazing program, and for good reason. Many of our attendings cite the combination of being surrounded by the mountains and a low cost of living that includes world class outdoor recreation, amazing restaurants, and incredible arts and music as a major draw to the area. Many would agree that this is the most fun and most exciting place to work and a great place to train.


Roanoke is located midway between New York City and Atlanta on I-81 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. It is only a 3 hour drive to Charlotte, N.C., and Richmond, Va., and is less than a 3.5 hour drive to Washington, D.C.


Life in Roanoke is a leisurely pace in a spectacular setting. Real estate remains affordable in the area, with appealing neighborhoods within 10 minutes of the hospital - many with award-winning neighborhood schools. Currently, there are over 500 residential units in downtown Roanoke, located just one mile from the Carilion Campus and serviced by a complimentary trolley.
Raising a family in Roanoke is easy. Excellence in public and private secondary schools is paired with internationally known opportunities for higher education such as Virginia Tech, Hollins University, Roanoke College, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke Center for Higher Education, the Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

The Outdoors

Roanoke's location in the Blue Ridge Mountains allows access to the Blue Ridge Parkway with vast hiking, biking, riding trails and parks surrounded by panoramic vistas. The Blue Ridge Parkway Marathon is held in Roanoke, Va. City includes 60 parks and recreational venues, and Roanoke Valley Greenways feature miles of greenway corridor with multiple trails. Smith Mountain Lake, with 500 miles of shoreline, is only a thirty-minute drive from Roanoke, and offers water sports, fishing, and scenic relaxation. Twenty miles of the Appalachian Trail stretch through the Roanoke Valley, allowing immediate access to the world-famous trail. In addition, Roanoke has a very active equestrian community, and outstanding snow-skiing and whitewater kayaking are only a short drive away.
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The Extracurricular

Roanoke enjoys a thriving arts and cultural community and is proud of the Taubman Museum of Art. Nearby, Center in the Square provides a free home to seven additional cultural organizations in the center of the downtown market area.
The O. Winston Link Museum, occupying the former Norfolk and Western Passenger Station, houses the photography of O. Winston Link, and there are numerous other art galleries and local artists. These paired with Mill Mountain Zoo, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, and the Virginia Museum of Transportation all offer superb learning opportunities in a family-friendly entertainment.
Live music flourishes, with venues such as Kirk Avenue Music Hall, The Jefferson Center, The Harvester and the Berglund Center providing a variety of musical acts. FloydFest is a nationally known bluegrass festival held each July in Floyd, 30 miles outside of Roanoke. The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke and the Annual Sidewalk Art Show are exceptional. Popular festivals include the Shamrock Festival, Chili Cook-off, Strawberry Festival, Peach Festival, and Local Colors as well as First Fridays.
Roanoke offers fine dining with an array of locally owned restaurants, as well as chain establishments. Many of the restaurants offer fresh local ingredients. Numerous wine festivals are enjoyed annually, and multiple local vineyards, including Valhalla Vineyards and Chateau Morrisette, offer special events and wine-tasting.
Excellent shopping includes specialty boutiques and national chain stores in several major malls. The Historic Roanoke City Farmers Market is open daily in the center of downtown, and provides access to locally grown produce and flowers, and visiting artisans.
Roanoke, Virginia is, indeed, a great place to live!

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