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The Alleghany Highlands – and the entire labor shed – is a safe place to live and do business. The violent crime rate per 100,000 people for the labor shed is 65.9, well below the state and national rates. The region’s murder rate is just 1.4, less than a third of Virginia’s rate of 4.6. The motor vehicle theft (a good indicator of a community’s relative safety) is 55.4, while Virginia’s is 131.8 per 100,000 people.

Source FBI, Crime in the US 2010, Virginia & West Virginia Uniform Crime Reports 2010

Local Media


  • Virginian Review: the Alleghany Highlands’ hometown newspaper, published 6 days a week by the same family since 1914
  • Alleghany Journal: an electronic newspaper covering the Alleghany Highlands
  • Roanoke Times: based in nearby Roanoke, is part of Landmark Media Enterprises and is the primary newspaper for southwestern Virginia


  • WBRA-TV: PBS station based in Roanoke
  • WDBJ-7: CBS affiliate, based in Roanoke
  • WFXR FOX 21/27: Fox affiliate based in Roanoke
  • WSET-TV: ABC affiliate, based in Lynchburg
  • WSLS 10: NBC affiliate, based in Roanoke



There also are libraries or branches in Bath, Botetourt, Craig and Rockbridge counties and the City of Lexington, as well as in Greenbrier and Monroe counties in West Virginia.


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