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The 2000 Census showed that Roanoke County had a population of 85,778 people. This represented 1.21% of the total population of Virginia, making it the state's 10th most populous county (out of 134 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Roanoke had a population of 91,011 people. This is an increase of 6.1% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201092,376+7.69%+1.5% since 2009
200991,011+6.1%+0.62% since 2008
200890,449+5.45%+0.45% since 2007
200790,043+4.97%+0.56% since 2006
200689,538+4.38%+1.19% since 2005
200588,483+3.15%+0.99% since 2004
200487,612+2.14%+0.79% since 2003
200386,922+1.33%+0.67% since 2002
200286,341+0.66%+0.54% since 2001
200185,874+0.11%+0.11% since 2000
200085,778The Last Census

Roanoke County had 36,121 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Roanoke County has a total area<3> of 251 square miles [650 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.18 square miles [0.46 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Roanoke County had a population density of 341.9 people per square mile [132 people/km²], making it the state's 8th most densely populated county (out of 134 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Roanoke County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Roanoke and the state of Virginia.

Click here for the Roanoke County QuickFact (QF-51161).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Roanoke County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BedfordQF-51019   E67,15460,37111.24%
BotetourtQF-51023   NE32,55130,4966.74%
CraigQF-51045   NW4,9695,091-2.4%
FloydQF-51063   SW15,01313,8748.21%
FranklinQF-51067   SE51,92447,2869.81%
MontgomeryQF-51121   W91,02383,6298.84%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Roanoke. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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