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Blacksburg, Virginia
A view of downtown Blacksburg
A view of downtown Blacksburg

Seal
Blacksburg's location within Virgina
Blacksburg's location within Virgina
Virginia's location within the United States
Coordinates: 37°13′48″N, 80°25′4″W
Country United States
State Virginia
County Montgomery
Founded 1798
Government
 - Mayor Ron Rordam
Area
 - Town  19.4 sq mi (50.2 km²)
 - Land  19.4 sq mi (50.2 km²)
 - Water  0.04 sq mi (0.1 km²)
Elevation  2,080 ft (634 m)
Population (2000)[1]
 - Town 39,573
 - Density 2,044.2/sq mi (789.3/km²)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website: http://www.blacksburg.gov/

Blacksburg is an incorporated town located in Montgomery County, Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 39,573. Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford are the three principal jurisdictions of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses those jurisdictions and all of Montgomery County for statistical purposes. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1752x1168, 457 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Blacksburg, Virginia Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File links Blacksburg_Seal. ... Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias VA county maps by Seth Ilys. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_VA.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Virginia ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ... Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Year 1798 (MDCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The or meter (see spelling differences) is a measure of length. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... Eastern Daylight Time or EDT is equal to: In North America, Eastern Standard Time + 1, or UTC − 4 hours. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... An incorporated town in the United States is a town which is an incorporated municipality, that is, one with a charter received from the state, similar to a city. ... Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: Progressive Small Town Living at its Best Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Montgomery Incorporated November 10, 1792 Mayor Richard Ballengee Area    - City 36. ... Radford is an independent city located in Virginia. ... In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas. ...


Blacksburg is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (better known as Virginia Tech), a Virginia land-grant university. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech, is a public land grant polytechnic university in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Although it is a comprehensive university with many departments, the agriculture, engineering, architecture, forestry, and veterinary medicine programs are considered to be among its strongest. ... The Morrill Land-Grant Acts are United States statutes that allowed for the creation of land-grant colleges. ... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ...

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History

Blacksburg, Virginia, was founded in 1798 on a thirty-eight acre tract laid out and deeded by William Black, for whom the town was named. The original town was limited to a sixteen-block area bounded by present-day Draper Road, Jackson Street, Wharton Street, and Clay Street. Year 1798 (MDCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Blacksburg's town limits were slightly northeast of an earlier frontier settlement dating from 1748 called Draper's Meadow, the site of the infamous "Draper's Meadow massacre" of 1755. Smithfield Plantation, built in approximately 1774[2] by Col. William B. Preston, sits on the original Draper's Meadow site, which is near the Duck Pond on the Virginia Tech campus. Events April 24 - A congress assembles at Aix-la-Chapelle with the intent to conclude the struggle known as the War of Austrian Succession - at October 18 - The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle is signed to end the war Adam Smith begins to deliver public lectures in Edinburgh Building of... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... 1755 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Chesma Column in Tsarskoe Selo, commemorating the end of the Russo-Turkish War. ...


In the 1970s Blacksburg's population more than tripled as Virginia Tech was annexed into the town and other land area was also brought in. The population grew from 9,000 people in 1970 to 30,000 in 1980.


In the 1990s Blacksburg was the site of the Blacksburg Electronic Village, created as a project of Virginia Tech. The Blacksburg Electronic Village was a project created by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia around 1995. ...


2007 Virginia Tech massacre

On the morning of April 16, 2007, a gunman identified by authorities as Virginia Tech student Seung-hui Cho, a South Korean national and U.S. permanent resident,[3][4] shot and killed thirty-two people and injured at least fifteen others on the Virginia Tech campus. Cho then committed suicide, bringing the initial death toll to thirty-three. The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting that unfolded as two attacks about two hours apart on April 16, 2007, on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. ... April 16 is the 106th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (107th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... This is a Korean name; the family name is Cho Cho Seung-hui (January 18, 1984 – April 16, 2007), was the perpetrator of the Virginia Tech massacre[3][4] of April 16, 2007, in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States, according to police reports. ... Motto None (Unofficial: Broadly benefit humankind also translated as Devotion to the welfare of humanity) Anthem Aegukga (Patriotic Hymn) Capital (and largest city) Seoul Official languages Korean Government Presidential republic  -  President Roh Moo-hyun  -  Prime Minister Han Duck-soo Establishment  -  Gojoseon October 3, 2333 BCb   -  Independence declared March 1, 1919... Permanent residency refers to a persons status such that the person is allowed to reside indefinitely within the country despite not having citizenship. ... Suicide (Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of intentionally taking ones own life. ...


Geography

Blacksburg is located at 37°13'48" North, 80°25'4" West (37.229874, -80.417694)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.4 square miles (50.2 km²) of which 19.4 square miles (50.1 km²) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²), or 0.10%, is water. Blacksburg is 2,080 feet (634 m) above sea level. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ...


The tallest building in Blacksburg is Slusher Tower, a twelve story residence hall on the Virginia Tech campus. The building with the highest elevation is actually Lee Hall, another residence hall, home to the transmitter of campus radio station WUVT. Virginia Techs drillfield The Virginia Tech campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia; the central campus is roughly bordered by Prices Fork Road to the northwest, Plantation Drive to the west, Main Street to the east, and U.S. Route 460 bypass to the south, although it also has several... A typical American college dorm room Another typical not-so-clean college dorm room Watterson Towers, Illinois State University Potomac Hall, second-largest dormitory at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. ... Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech, is a public land grant polytechnic university in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Although it is a comprehensive university with many departments, the agriculture, engineering, architecture, forestry, and veterinary medicine programs are considered to be among its strongest. ... Virginia Techs drillfield The Virginia Tech campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia; the central campus is roughly bordered by Prices Fork Road to the northwest, Plantation Drive to the west, Main Street to the east, and U.S. Route 460 bypass to the south, although it also has several... A typical American college dorm room Another typical not-so-clean college dorm room Watterson Towers, Illinois State University Potomac Hall, second-largest dormitory at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. ... WUVT-FM 90. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there are an estimated 39,573 people residing in Blacksburg,[1] of which an estimated 23,895, or 60%, were college students.[5] 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


There are an estimated 13,162 households and 4,777 families residing in the town. The population density is 789.2/km² (2,044.2/mi²). There are 13,732 housing units at an average density of 273.9/km² (709.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 84.39% White, 7.80% Asian, 4.39% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. 2.32% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


16.3% of the households have children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.7% are married couples living together, 5.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 63.7% are non-families. 26.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 3.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.37 and the average family size is 2.79. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


Blacksburg's age distribution is: 9.7% under the age of 18, 57.4% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 9.2% from 45 to 64, and 4.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 22 years. This unusual age distribution is explained by the presence of Virginia Tech, which heavily skews the population toward the 18-24 group. For every 100 females there are 127.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 129.7 males. Virginia Tech's presence also explains the unusual sex distribution; it has large and well-regarded programs in several male-dominated academic fields, most notably engineering. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech, is a public land grant polytechnic university in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Although it is a comprehensive university with many departments, the agriculture, engineering, architecture, forestry, and veterinary medicine programs are considered to be among its strongest. ...


The median household income is $22,513 and the median income for a family is $51,810. Males have a median income of $37,129 versus $24,321 for females. The per capita income for the town is $13,946. 43.2% of the population and 15.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 23.7% of those under the age of 18 and 6.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. However, traditional measures of poverty can be highly misleading when applied to communities with large student populations, such as Blacksburg. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Economy

The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is home to several companies of varying sizes including VTLS, Honeywell, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the National Weather Service which maintains its Southwestern Virginia headquarters there. VTLS Inc. ... Honeywell Heating Specialties Company Stock Certificate dated 1924 signed by Mark C. Honeywell - courtesy of Scripophily. ... The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a private, non-profit osteopathic medical school located in Blacksburg, Virginia. ... The National Weather Service (NWS) is one of the six scientific agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States government. ...


Notable natives

Henry Lee Lucas (August 23, 1936 – March 13, 2001) was an American criminal, convicted of murder and once listed as Americas most prolific serial killer. ... Bob Roop is a wrestler whose career has spanned high school, college, Army, amateur and professional wrestling. ... Brandon Stokley (born June 23, 1976 in Dallas, Texas) is an American football player who currently plays wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the fourth round (105th pick overall) of the... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is American football player, TV personality, and computer software executive. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is actually the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ...

Points of interest

The Peggy Lee Hahn Horticulture Garden (7 acres), formerly the Virginia Tech Horticulture Garden, is a horticulture garden located on the Virginia Tech campus on Washington Street, Blacksburg, Virginia. ... Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech, is a public land grant polytechnic university in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Although it is a comprehensive university with many departments, the agriculture, engineering, architecture, forestry, and veterinary medicine programs are considered to be among its strongest. ...

References

The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... April 17 is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... ABC News is a division of ABC television and radio networks (ABC), owned by The Walt Disney Company. ...

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Blacksburg, Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (657 words)
Blacksburg is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (better known as Virginia Tech), Virginia's largest university by land area and by full-time student population (among other measures).
Blacksburg, Virginia, was founded in 1798 on a thirty-eight acre tract laid out and deeded by William Black, for whom the town was named.
Blacksburg's age distribution is: 9.7% under the age of 18, 57.4% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 9.2% from 45 to 64, and 4.9% who are 65 years of age or older.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2665 words)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (also referred to as VPIandSU, VPI or most commonly Virginia Tech) is a public land-grant polytechnic university in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, with the largest full-time student population among universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Virginia Tech campus is located within Blacksburg; the central campus is roughly bordered by Prices Fork Road to the northwest, Plantation Drive to the west, Main Street to the east, and 460-bypass to the south, though it has several thousand acres beyond the central campus.
Virginia Tech's football team plays home games in Lane Stadium, considered one of the loudest stadiums in the country and recognized in 2005 by rivals.com as having the best homefield advantage in the country.
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