1996

  • Roanoke shares with Cleveland, OH and Worcester, MA, the distinction of winning an All America City Award 5 times, the latest in 1996.
  • Inc. magazine named the Roanoke Valley one of the US's top 100 hot spots for business development in several articles, including this 1.
  • Parenting magazine chose Roanoke as one of the 10 best places to raise a family in the US.
  • Population Connection honored Roanoke as one of the 10 least stressful areas in the US.
  • The Department of Education has recognized Roanoke valley schools among the nation's best.
  • A University of Kentucky study ranked Roanoke's quality of life among the top 20 nationally.
  • Roanoke was rated as one of the top 10 healthiest places in the US by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.
  • The historic Roanoke City Farmer's Market was designated as one of 63 of America's Great Public Places by Urban Initiatives, a New York urban design and architectural organization. The list also included New York, NY'sCentral Park, New Orleans, LA's French Quarter, Washington, DC's Vietnam War Memorial, and San Francisco, CA's Golden Gate Park.
  • The National Association of Home Builders cited Roanoke as the most affordable housing market in Virginia.
  • In 1996, the Urban Land Institute Award for best public-private venture in the nation was given to the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.