Education & Local Economy
Christiansburg is located within Virginia’s Technology Corridor which highlights prominent universities, the Blacksburg Electronic Village (the Internet’s first community-based computer network), and local businesses that make or use technology-driven products and/or services.
Christiansburg is situated near Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Virginia's largest university and one of the nation’s leading research universities; Radford University, considered one of the nation’s “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” by U.S News and World Report; and New River Community College, located in Dublin, Virginia, with a satellite campus in Christiansburg at the New River Valley Mall. Ignite Life Pacific College is also located in Christiansburg, just off Route 8.
Montgomery County Public Schools serve more than 3,500 students in six schools within the Town of Christiansburg. The Town is home to four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school; all of which are fully accredited. Eligible high school students may also elect to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses or attend the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology if they wish to deepen their secondary education experience.
The proximity to these facilities of higher education and the large concentration of retail establishments make Christiansburg a destination for visitors traveling to the New River Valley for business, education, and leisure. Christiansburg prides itself on providing a “business friendly atmosphere” and has been designated a Certified Business Community.
The Town is known as the regional retail hub with the New River Valley Mall and Regal 14 Cinema, Spradlin Farm, New River Valley Center, and Market Place shopping centers all located near the intersection of N Franklin Street (U.S Route 460) and Peppers Ferry Road (Virginia Route 114). There are numerous other smaller shopping centers, 14 hotels, several bed and breakfasts, approximately 80 restaurants, and a drive-in theater throughout Town.