About Radford


Located in the heart of Southwest Virginia’s New River Valley, in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, our small city has been offering an attractive lifestyle for its residents since early settlers arrived in 1750.

Nestled in a large bend in the New River, Radford covers approximately 9.63 radford aerialsquare miles and is a diverse city full of commercial and recreational potential. The river not only provides the city with a variety of recreational opportunities, but also with a near unlimited supply of water for residential and industrial uses.

Home of two former governors. Radford’s small town quality offers some big city cultural and educational opportunities. Although located in an unspoiled area of low population density, Radford’s proximity to Interstate 81 (2 mi.) allows the world easy access to our educational, commercial and industrial resources.

Rich in opportunity, energy, and beauty, Radford is ideally located along Interstate 81 with easy accessibility to -77. Excellent transportation via air, rail, and freight allows for easy transportation of products. Prime industrial, commercial, and office sites are currently available, all with beautiful vistas in which to live and play. Industrial shell building projects are on going.


Radford residents see education as the foundation of its future. Competitive teachers salaries and a low student / teacher ratio at Radford’s four public schools ensure a quality education system and a qualified capable labor force.

Preschool Programs

The elementary school has a half -day kindergarten program. Parents can choose either the morning or the afternoon session. In addition, there are three church-supported childcare centers, one privately owned childcare center, and another center run through the Department of Elementary Education of Radford University. All pre -school facilities together can accommodate several hundred children per week.

Public Schools

The City of Radford operates a dynamic, comprehensive education program for students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. A high school and middle school, RHSaccredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, serve the needs of students in grades 7 -12. Two elementary schools, a primary and an upper elementary school, provide a sound program for students. Committed to providing educational services, which ensure full growth potential of the individual, the Radford City School System, has a reputation for excellence matched by few other systems, Radford students consistently score above the state average on all tests. The required courses at the high school include foreign language, mathematics biology, English, government, history, science, geography, and sociology. Elective courses include French -IV, Spanish -IV, Latin and II, and German -III. Algebra and II, geometry, trigonometry and math analysis, advanced biology, chemistry, physics, art, band, chorus, speech, drama, and journalism. The students may also take preparatory classes in general business, typing, shorthand, home economics, woodworking, psychology, electrical wiring, power mechanics, machine shop, drafting, nurse’s assistant, and practical nursing. They also have programs in special education and learning. The Radford school system offers a wide variety of extra curricular activities through clubs, sports and student government, The sports programs include football, baseball, basketball, track, wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball, tennis, golf, and soccer.

University / Collegiate 

Radford University, nearby Virginia Tech and New River Community College enhance the community with their educational and cultural resources. Radford RU front buildingUniversity, the city’s largest employer, prepares about 9.000 students in fields such as business administration, accounting, communication, the arts and other fields. Just 20 minutes away the state’s largest university, Virginia Tech, offers nationally acclaimed programs in engineering, architecture, agriculture, physics and other graduate and undergraduate disciplines. New River Community College, in nearby Dublin, provides training programs for business and industry, as well ass associate degrees in technical and general education.


A city needs a stable foundation to prosper. Education makes that promise for the future: industry maintains that stability in the present. Low tax rates, a 80 -acre municipally owned industrial park. financial assistance packages and city -generated electricity are incentives for prospective businesses.

Radford’s Council / Manager form of government molds the city’s growth in conjunction with the Planning Commission. Zoning Regulations and the Industrial Development Authority, The city is always eager to work with local industries on utility extensions, site preparation, tax structuring and problem solving.

Dedicated people are the heart of Radford’s successful growth and its most valuable resource. Other needed resources are just as available, Loan, mortgage lending, full -service banking and specialized services are supplied by several area financial institutions.

The state also contributes to the expense of training labor through the Industrial Training Division of the Virginia Community College System. The nature of the labor force also contributes to the area productivity. Virginia is a right -to -work state with a low unionization rate. so time lost through strikes is well below the national average. Radford’s industrial base offers a mix of products and services which include textiles, castings, rubber products, torque motors, polystyrene products, industrial pallets, and set -up cardboard boxes.


National and International markets are within easy access from Radford’s convenient location. Situated near the intersections of Interstates 81 and 77, the city is ideally sited for transportation efficiency.

Air transportation is available at three nearby airports; Roanoke Regional, 40 miles to the northeast; Blacksburg Municipal Airport, 13 miles north; and New River Valley Airport, 8 miles west. New River Valley Airport is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone / Customs Port of Entry. Radford is served by a major line of the Norfolk Southern rail system, an 8.000 -mile freight system that spans 14 states and reaches such diverse markets as Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, and the port of Hampton Roads.


There’s much more to life in Radford than work. Nature lovers seek out the fishing and boating opportunities on the New River and Claytor Lake, the scenic paths of the Appalachian Trail, the cross country ski trails at Mountain Lake. Sports enthusiasts can experience the thrill of being a spectator at university, public school, and city athletic events, or participate in the sport of their choice on city ball fields, tennis courts, golf courses, and recreational clubs.

Radford University and its School of Fine Arts are at the center of many of the areas cultural and entertainment events. The Flossie Martin Gallery, located on the Radford University campus, is a gallery / museum, which presents a variety of artwork on loan from other museums, as well as works by faculty, students, and alumni. The University also promotes a series of dance, theater and musical performances that are open to the general public. Radford University also offers a variety of spectator sports, varsity basketball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse and tennis can all be enjoyed at the university’s Dedmon Center, a 78 -acre recreation and convocation facility.

The City operates an extensive program through the Department of Parks and Recreation. A variety of indoor activities, such as racquetball and basketball can be enjoyed at several city facilities. Outdoor activities are available at 14 city parks covering approximately 90 acres, radford rec centerwhere residents can enjoy picnicking, swimming, hiking and tennis. The Department also directs football, soccer, softball, basketball, and volleyball leagues throughout the year.

The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Jefferson National Forest are less than an hour away. Both attractions offer spectacular scenery and a variety of recreational opportunities that include hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. Claytor Lake with its 108 mi. of shoreline is only 15 miles from the city and offers additional swimming, fishing and water skiing opportunities for area residents.

Nine golf courses at public and private facilities are located within 30 minutes of Radford. Radford’s close proximity to Roanoke enables residents the opportunity to enjoy theater, ballet and the symphony in addition to that offered by Radford University and Virginia Tech. The New River Valley Medical Center, a new state of the art hospital, is located just three miles outside the city.

Radford’s close proximity to Roanoke also gives residents the opportunity to utilize outstanding medical facilities found in that nearby city.

The newly constructed Radford Public Library, with 13,654 square feet, contains a collection of 69,000 volumes and circulates in excess of 150,000 annually. City residents can also utilize the excellent library facilities at Radford University, Virginia Tech and New River Community College. These facilities offer a combined collection of over one million volumes.

The City of Radford has 35 places of worship within its corporate limits that represent the major Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Faith. The nearest Jewish synagogue is located in Roanoke.

main street RadfordThe Radford area offers a diverse shopping environment for residents. Within the city there are two shopping centers that contain a broad mix of retail and service outlets. As a Virginia Main Street community the downtown is undergoing substantial revitalization activities and offers a variety of unique clothing, furniture and antique shops. Radford residents can also take advantage of the endless shopping opportunities available at the six malls and numerous shopping centers in the Christiansburg and Roanoke areas.

For those who want to relax, there are drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway or quiet evenings watching the sun sink behind the mountains. Come experience all that Radford has to offer. Come to the heart of Virginia’s New River Valley for prosperous business and a quality lifestyle.

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