Forbes Ranks Blacksburg Among the Top 25 Best Places to Retire, Again

NEW RIVER VALLEY, VA – For the third consecutive year, the Town of Blacksburg has been ranked among the “25 Best Places to Retire,” by To compile its list of the 25 Best Places to Retire 2016, Forbes considered several factors in the survey, including overall cost of living and home prices, as compared to national averages, and general tax climates for retirees. The ranking included more than 500 communities nationwide.

Blacksburg: A college town (Virginia Tech) of 44,000 in southwestern tail of Virginia.


  • Economically robust.
  • Median home price $230,000.
  • Above average air quality.
  • Low crime rate.
  • High Milken aging rank.
  • Somewhat walkable.
  • NOTES:

  • Cost of living 2% above national average.
  • Average state tax climate for retirees and doctors per capita.
  • Mild climate.
  • On list last year.
  • TRIVIA: Named two centuries ago for town’s founder.

    The full list of the Best 25 Places to Retire 2016 can be viewed at:


    Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of both worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.

    Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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