Vinton, Virginia

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Vinton, Virginia
Downtown Vinton
Downtown Vinton
Location in Virginia
Location in Virginia
Coordinates: 37°16′41″N 79°53′43″W / 37.27806°N 79.89528°W / 37.27806; -79.89528Coordinates: 37°16′41″N 79°53′43″W / 37.27806°N 79.89528°W / 37.27806; -79.89528
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
CountyRoanoke
Founded1884
Government
 • MayorBradley E. Grose
Area
 • Total3.15 sq mi (8.15 km2)
 • Land3.11 sq mi (8.04 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation
925 ft (282 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total8,065
 • Estimate 
(2018)[2]
8,096
 • Density2,596.59/sq mi (1,002.56/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
24179
Area code(s)540
FIPS code51-81280[3]
GNIS feature ID1500260[4]
Websitewww.vintonva.gov

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.[5]

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.

Geography[edit]

Vinton is located at 37°16′41″N 79°53′43″W / 37.27806°N 79.89528°W / 37.27806; -79.89528 (37.277987, −79.895248).[6]

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[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18901,057
19001,43836.0%
19101,92834.1%
19202,77944.1%
19303,61029.9%
19403,455−4.3%
19503,6295.0%
19603,432−5.4%
19706,34784.9%
19808,02726.5%
19907,665−4.5%
20007,7821.5%
20108,0984.1%
Est. 20188,096[2]0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[3] 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[edit]

Vinton's official newspaper is the Vinton Messenger.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Roanoke Region of Virginia
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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