- One of the fast-growing communities in Virginia
- Southern Living magazine named Blacksburg "Best College Town in the South"
- Forbes magazine named Blacksburg "5th Best Small City for Jobs"
- Vibrant arts and entertainment scene
- One of the five "Happiest Small Town Spots" in the country by Movoto
- In 2011, Bloomsburg Businessweek named Blacksburg the best place in the United States to raise children