Vinton, Virginia

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Vinton, Virginia
Town
Downtown Vinton
Downtown Vinton
Location in Virginia
Location in Virginia
Coordinates: 37°16′41″N 79°53′43″W / 37.27806°N 79.89528°W / 37.27806; -79.89528Coordinates: 37°16′41″N 79°53′43″W / 37.27806°N 79.89528°W / 37.27806; -79.89528
Country United States
State Virginia
County Roanoke
Founded 1884
Government
 • Mayor Bradley E. Grose
Area
 • Total 3.2 sq mi (8.2 km2)
 • Land 3.2 sq mi (8.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 925 ft (282 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,098
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24179
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-81280[1]
GNIS feature ID 1500260[2]
Website http://www.vintonva.gov

Vinton is a town in Roanoke County, Virginia, United States. The population was 8,098 at the 2010 census. Vinton is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Roanoke Region of Virginia.[3]

Vinton's official newspaper is the Vinton Messenger.

Geography[edit]

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 3.16 square miles (8.2 km²).

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 3.2 square mile 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.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 8,092 people, 3,774 housing units, and 3,547 households in the town. The median income for a household in the town was $44,667.

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