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Radford, Virginia
—  City  —
Main Street in Radford, Virginia.

Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 37°7′39″N 80°34′10″W / 37.1275°N 80.56944°W / 37.1275; -80.56944
Country United States
State Virginia
Founded 1887
 - Mayor Thomas L. Starnes
 - City 10.2 sq mi (26.4 km2)
 - Land 9.8 sq mi (25.4 km2)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 2,103 ft (641 m)
Population (2005)
 - City 14,575
 - Density 1,615.2/sq mi (623.5/km2)
 - Metro 157,614
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 24141-24143
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-65392[1]
GNIS feature ID 1500073[2]

Radford is an independent city in Virginia, United States. The population was 15,859 at the 2000 census, with an estimated increase to 16,125 in 2008. For statistical purposes, the Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Radford with neighboring Montgomery County, including the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, calling the combination the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Radford University is located here. The Radford Arsenal is nearby in Pulaski County. Radford City has four schools: McHarg Elementary, Belle Heth Elementary, Dalton Intermediate, and Radford High School.



Radford is located at 37°7′39″N 80°34′10″W / 37.1275°N 80.56944°W / 37.1275; -80.56944 (37.127585, -80.569523)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.4 km²), of which, 9.8 square miles (25.4 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (3.63%) is water. The New River runs along the southeastern edge of the city.


Adjacent counties


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 15,859 people, 5,809 households, and 2,643 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,615.2 people per square mile (623.5/km²). There were 6,137 housing units at an average density of 625.0/sq mi (241.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.21% White, 8.10% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.

There were 5,809 households out of which 18.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.5% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.78.

The age distribution, which is strongly influenced by Radford University, is: 12.9% under the age of 18, 44.0% from 18 to 24, 19.6% from 25 to 44, 14.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,654, and the median income for a family was $46,332. Males had a median income of $33,045 versus $22,298 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,289. About 6.9% of families and 31.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over. However, traditional measures of poverty can be extremely misleading when applied to a community with a large proportion of university students, such as Radford.

Notable people from Radford

  • John Dalton, former Virginia governor
  • Mike Williams, Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • John Ripley, United States Marine Corps colonel
  • Kevin Hartman, Major League Soccer goalie
  • Norman G. Lineburg, Football coach with 310 career victories ranks second among Virginia high school football coaches. [4]
  • Darris Nichols, starting point guard for the West Virginia University Mountaineers.
  • Dorthea Hundley (aka Seka), adult film star
  • Shayne Graham, NFL kicker
  • Margaret Skeete, oldest living American 1993-1994
  • Gary Clark, Pro Bowl wide receiver
  • Keith Palmer- Running Back for Virginia Tech
  • Michael, Evan and Andrew Gregory of The Gregory Brothers and Auto-Tune the News
  • Jawan Clark-Canadian League Football player
  • Rick Clark former NFL Agent and current NASCAR Sprint CUP TEAM Owner, Movie Producer, Clothing Entraprenuer
  • Ricky Gravley Father of Michael Gravley Future head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs.
  • also radford has been known to have some of the greatest world of warcraft players in the world,


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ A class act to the end -

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