Expansion Management magazine's January 2001 issue ranked Roanoke as one of its "50 hottest cities for business relocation and expansion" of manufacturing companies. It ranked 25th.
In the 5th Edition of the Retirement Places Rated Almanac, Roanoke rated as the second-best metro area in the country to retire in, based on climate, cost of living, health care, and a low crime rate.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, an accreditation by the American Association of Museums.
Verizon's Dickens of a Christmas Festival in downtown Roanoke has been selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society's top events.
The Virginia Downtown Development Association presented a statewide "Award of Excellence" for outstanding achievement in downtown revitalization to Center in the Square for its renovation of the Shenandoah Hotel.
In November 2001, the Center for Digital Government named Roanoke the top e-government city in the US in the 75,000 to 125,000 population category. The city scored 91.7 out of a 100, receiving high marks for its website, online job search and application process, and its "robust" public-safety program.