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Vinton, Virginia
Downtown Vinton
Downtown Vinton
Location in Virginia
Location in Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Roanoke
Founded 1884
 • Total 3.15 sq mi (8.2 km2)
 • Land 3.11 sq mi (8.1 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
925 ft (282 m)
 • Total 8,059
 • Density 2,558/sq mi (987.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-81280
GNIS feature ID 1500260

Vinton is a town in Roanoke County, Virginia, United States. The population was 8,059 at the 2020 census. Vinton is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Roanoke Region of Virginia.


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).

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 (2.4 km) 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 feet (270 m) above sea level. The Vinton side of the lake consists of a steep, wooded cliff 150 feet (46 m) in vertical height. Vinton's highest point is on Olney Road, at an elevation of 1,265 feet (386 m), which affords a good view of the adjacent city of Roanoke.

While the entirety of the town of Vinton is located in Roanoke County, much of its ZIP code also covers the western portion of Bedford County.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,057
1900 1,438 36.0%
1910 1,928 34.1%
1920 2,779 44.1%
1930 3,610 29.9%
1940 3,455 −4.3%
1950 3,629 5.0%
1960 3,432 −5.4%
1970 6,347 84.9%
1980 8,027 26.5%
1990 7,665 −4.5%
2000 7,782 1.5%
2010 8,098 4.1%
2020 8,059 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

As of the census of 2020, there were 8,059 people residing in the town. There were 3,774 housing units. The racial makeup of the town was 83.6% White, 7.2% Black, 0.2% American Indian, 1.2% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 6.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,092 people, 3,774 housing units, and 3,547 households in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 90.0% White, 5.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population. The median income for a household in the town was $44,667.


The town is served by Roanoke County Public Schools. Public school students residing in Vinton are zoned to attend Herman L. Horn Elementary School or W. E. Cundiff Elementary School, William Byrd Middle School, and William Byrd High School.

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