Vinton, Virginia

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Vinton is a town in Roanoke County, Virginia, United States. The population was 7,782 at the 2000 census. It hosted teams by three names in the ECHL in a custom built facility known as the LancerLot; after the roof collapsed during the Blizzard of 1993, the franchise moved to the Roanoke Civic Center.

Vinton is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Roanoke Region of Virginia[3].

Vinton's official newspaper is the Vinton Messenger, although it is operated from Salem and not actually based in the town of Vinton. In 2009, the Vinton Voice, a weekly alternative located on Poplar Street in Vinton, was launched but closed its doors in May 2010. Vinton's only other publication is The Vinton Image, a magazine sporadically released by the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce. The last of which was released in August 2009 as edited by Chris Manning and Terry Mazeika and designed by Dan Vance.



Vinton is located at 37°16′41″N 79°53′43″W / 37.27806°N 79.89528°W / 37.27806; -79.89528 (37.277987, -79.895248)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.2 km²), all of it land.

The southern border of Vinton consists of 1.5 miles of lakefront in the Roanoke River Gorge. This lake, however, which was created by the 1904 construction of the hydroelectric Niagara (so-called) dam, is not visible from any inhabited part of the town, is difficult to reach, and is little used.

Vinton has varied topography, considering its small size. The above-mentioned lake is at an elevation of 890'. The Vinton side of the lake consists of a steep, wooded cliff 150' in vertical height. Vinton's highest point is on Olney Rd., at an elevation of 1265', which affords a good view of the adjacent city of Roanoke, at least for people with houses favorably positioned.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,782 people, 3,327 households, and 2,179 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,451.4 people per square mile (947.8/km²). There were 3,471 housing units at an average density of 1,093.4/sq mi (422.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.35% White, 3.35% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

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