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Vinton, Virginia
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
 • Total 3.15 sq mi (8.17 km2)
 • Land 3.11 sq mi (8.06 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
925 ft (282 m)
 • Total 8,098
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,605.79/sq mi (1,005.99/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 8,098 at the 2010 census. Vinton is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Roanoke Region of Virginia.

The town shares a substantial portion of its western border with the neighboring city of Roanoke. Several neighborhoods in this area are bisected by the border between the two communities. Vinton also serves as a bedroom community for Roanoke proper.

Vinton is a gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smith Mountain Lake, two of the region's best treasures . The town's citizens are proud of its history from its development as blue collar rail town to the diversification of its economy into commercial enterprises. The town is a vibrant family-oriented community maintaining an atmosphere of nostalgia and cooperation. By visiting the towns website, one is able to take a video tour of the Town of Vinton.


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%
2019 (est.) 8,104 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census 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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