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Vinton, Virginia

Vinton, Virginia
Town
Downtown Vinton
Downtown Vinton
Location in Virginia
Location in Virginia
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Virginia
County Roanoke
Founded 1884
Government
 • Mayor Bradley E. Grose
Area
 • Total 3.2 sq mi (8.2 km2)
 • Land 3.2 sq mi (8.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 925 ft (282 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,098
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24179
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-81280[1]
GNIS feature ID 1500260[2]
Website .gov.vintonvawww

Vinton is a town in Roanoke County, Virginia, United States. The population was 8,098 at the 2010 census. Vinton is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Roanoke Region of Virginia.[3]

The town shares a substantial portion of its western border with the neighboring city of Roanoke. Several neighborhoods in this area are bisected by the border between the two communities. Vinton also serves as a bedroom community for Roanoke proper.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Media 3
  • Notable people 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Geography

Vinton is located at (37.277987, -79.895248).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.16 square miles (8.2 km²).

The southern border of Vinton consists of 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of lakefront in the Roanoke River Gorge. This lake, however, which was created by the 1904 construction of the hydroelectric Niagara (so-called) dam, is not visible from any inhabited part of the town, is difficult to reach, and is little used.

Vinton has varied topography, considering its 3.2 square mile size. The above-mentioned lake is at an elevation of 890 feet (270 m) above sea level. The Vinton side of the lake consists of a steep, wooded cliff 150 feet (46 m) in vertical height. Vinton's highest point is on Olney Road, at an elevation of 1,265 feet (386 m), which affords a good view of the adjacent city of Roanoke.

While the entirety of the town of Vinton is located in Roanoke County, much of its ZIP code also covers the western portion of Bedford County.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 8,092 people, 3,774 housing units, and 3,547 households in the town. The median income for a household in the town was $44,667.

Media

Vinton's official newspaper is the Vinton Messenger.

Notable people

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ Roanoke Region of Virginia
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

External links

  • Town of Vinton official website
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