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Town of Christiansburg County seat of Montgomery County Chartered

1792

Size

14.1 square miles

Original name

Hans Meadow

Population

22,000 (approximately)

Town employees

244 full time

2014 budget

$34.1 million

Mayor

D. Michael Barber Source: Town of Christiansburg/ Montgomery Museum & Lewis Miller Regional Art Center

Since 1990, Christiansburg’s population has increased by more than 6,000 to some 22,000 residents, with growth fueled by families and young professionals who find the town’s lower cost of living more attractive than the county’s

other town, Blacksburg. Sperling’s Best Places ranks the town’s Cost of Living index at 97.4 and Blacksburg’s at 102.1, noting that housing costs are the main difference. A $180,000 house in Christiansburg would cost $200,000

in Blacksburg, says Ed Gallimore, owner of McNeil Real Estate in Christiansburg. Christiansburg is in a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) that includes Blacksburg and Radford and has a population of 180,351. More than 45 percent of residents are between ages 20 and 49, reflecting the influence of Virginia Tech and Radford University, according to the county’s economic development office. The Oaks Victorian Inn in Christiansburg, for example, already is booked solid for Tech’s graduation dates for the next two years. In addition to the college-related guests, the inn benefits from its proximity to I-81. “We are two miles off I-81 – about half way between D.C. and Asheville – a great spot to break up the drive,” says owner Linda Wurtzburger. She also has had guests from China, Kenya, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Many establishments find that business fluctuates according to when the colleges are in session. “When Virginia Tech is here, we

Many Christiansburg businesses benefit from proximity to Virginia Tech. Linda and Bernie Wurtzburger’s Oaks Victorian Inn is booked for Tech’s next two graduations.

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