Our region is just the right blend of fine and eclectic with a vibrant cultural scene and a distinct bohemian air. More than an acceptable place to stop for a long weekend, it’s a destination packed with remarkable restaurants and shops that combine individual style with world-class quality and taste.
The 2,122 square mile Lynchburg metropolitan area is located in south central Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Lynchburg MSA includes the City of Lynchburg, counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell and the Towns of Altavista, Bedford, Brookneal, Amherst and Appomattox.
The historic James River borders the region to the north with the Roanoke (Staunton) River to the South and the expansive 23,400 acre Smith Mountain Lake situated to the West. The region’s two major U.S. highways, Routes 29 and 460 have become corridors for a good deal of the industrial, commercial and residential development.
Housing is robust and accommodating to any budget. The average monthly home ownership costs for owners with a mortgage is $1,211, which is lower than the nation as a whole. The average monthly rent is $735, which is lower than the U.S. national average.
Cost of living in the region is below the national average and among the lowest in Virginia.
More than 400 places of worship are represented in the area. Most Protestant denominations are present along with the Roman Catholic faith. Jewish synagogues are located in the city as well.
Fourteen public libraries and branches are located in the various localities with a collection of more than 280,000 volumes. Three local colleges/universities and Central Virginia Community College have libraries that are accessible to the public.
Quality and distinct shopping opportunities are plentiful to the public. River Ridge Mall is the leading retail center for the area. Downtown Lynchburg offers a shopping district that includes the “Batteau Landing” at the farmer’s market, eclectic specialty shops and the Main Street Galleria. Shopping around the region is plentiful and you can always find that special something. Retail hubs in the region span from Boonsboro, Wyndhurst and the ever popular Wards Road shopping zone. From the boutique gift to the 55” Plasma TV, you can find it here.
In 2015, the Lower Bluffwalk pedestrian street zone opened to the public in downtown Lynchburg which has seen a significant amount of residential and commercial development. Notable projects underway in downtown include the Hilton Curio branded Virginian Hotel restoration project, restoration of the Academy Center of the Arts and the major expansion of Amazement Square Children’s Museum.
Over 40 sites in Lynchburg are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Central Virginia is a healthy place to live. There are abundant opportunities to take care of your mind, body and spirit. The numbers show area adults who reported themselves matching the criteria with any one or more of the following common health risk:
Volunteering is top of mind within our community and folks here give selflessly of their time and talent impacting thousands of people and hundreds of organizations. Volunteer opportunities range from one-time projects and special events to long-term commitments. Every life you touch will benefit from the time, energy, interest and friendship you share in programs and activities. And as a member of our community, in turn, you will benefit by:
- Making new friends
- Developing new skills
- Sharing new ideas and experiences
- Becoming a more active member of the community