Lynchburg was recently named a “Top 50 Adventure Towns” by National Geographic and an “Outstanding Runner-Friendly Community” by the Road Runners Club of America, beating out communities like Monterey, Calif., for this health and wellness accolade. Lynchburgers enjoy more than 25 miles of dedicated trails connecting our parks, neighborhoods, and business districts—all within the city limits.
Strategically located with easy access to major markets, Lynchburg is a distinctive city with all the amenities and resources to work, learn, play, and prosper. Lynchburg life boasts a wealth of cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities; a local government committed to growth; and a natural beauty replete with scenic vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Lynchburg’s population has grown more than 15 percent since 2000, attracting residents from around the country and the globe for educational and employment opportunities. It’s served by both the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads, as well as Amtrak’s second-best performing passenger train with daily commuter trips to Washington, D.C. Lynchburg Regional Airport has direct service to Charlotte.
In 2016, Lynchburg was recognized as #2 of Kiplinger’s “Best Places to Retire,” #2 in the national “Digital Cities” ranking and in the “Top 40 Small Cities to Make a Living.” A highly-skilled and educated workforce, diverse industry sectors, and affordable commercial real estate create a vibrant business environment.
Industry-leading companies, including Centra Health, global nuclear power service providers AREVA and BWXT, international communications company Harris, TRAX International, J. Crew, Fleet Laboratories, and many more already call Lynchburg home. Lynchburg companies are selling to customers all over the globe, exporting ideas, innovation, and some of the best advanced manufacturing and machining products in the world.
Lynchburg boasts five higher education institutions within city limits—Liberty University, Randolph College, Lynchburg College, Central Virginia Community College, and Virginia University of Lynchburg. From liberal arts to engineering and aviation to technical education, Lynchburg’s colleges and universities enroll more than 21,000 students, roughly equivalent to 26 percent of the City’s estimated 2015 population and a future source of the City’s permanent workforce.
New Lynchburg startups have increased by 32.5 percent in just three years, from 83 in 2013 to 123 in 2015. The City of Lynchburg was designated a TechHire community in 2015 and is working alongside local employers to connect Lynchburg citizens to open jobs in health care, information technology, and advanced manufacturing.
In 2016, the insurance company Pacific Life chose to locate its east coast operations in Lynchburg. Lynchburg’s Office Economic Development also has contributed greatly to the Region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with its CO.STARTERS program, which graduated 30 small businesses in 2016.
Automated Conveyor Systems
Bausch & Lomb
Central Virginia Community College
City of Lynchburg
Central Virginia Orthopedics
Flowers Baking Company
Horizon Behavioral Health
J. Crew Outfitters
Parker Hannifin Corp.
Southern Air, Inc.
Mid Continent Cabinetry
Tri Tech Laboratories, Inc.
Virginia Department of Transportation
The role of the Office of Economic Development and the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority is to drive the growth of our local economy by pursuing investment and development opportunities, and elevating the economic development profile of the City of Lynchburg.”
— Marjette G. Upshur,
director of economic development
CITY OF LYNCHBURG
STATE SALES TAX
State Rate 4.3%
Local Rate 1.0%
Mean annual temperature 56ºF
Average January temperature 35ºF
Average July temperature 76ºF
Record high 106ºF
Record low -11ºF
Average annual precipitation 41.62”
Average annual snowfall 15”
Population MSA 252,634
Median Age 28.7
Area (in square miles) 50
Median Household Income $39,589
Median Home Value $149,200
Total Household Units 31,992
Real Estate (per $100) $1.11
Personal Property Tax Rate (per $100) $3.80
City Hall (434) 856-2489
Public Schools (434) 522-3700
Main Library (434) 455-6300
Post Office (434) 528-3415
Police (434) 455-6050
Sheriff (434) 847-1301
Trash (434) 856-2489
Water / Sewer (434) 455-3840
Voting (434) 477-5999
Voting URL www.elections.virginia.gov
• Business. (434) 455-3880
• Automobile / DMV. (804) 497-7100
• Pet. (434) 455-3850
• Hunting / Fishing. (434) 455-3850
HOSPITAL AND CLINICS
Lynchburg General Hospital (434) 200-3000
Virginia Baptist Hospital (434) 200-3000
Physicians Treatment Center (434) 239-3949
Johnson Health Center (434) 947-5967
Free Clinic of Central Virginia (434) 847-5866
Lynchburg Health Department (434) 947-6785
Local Clinic for Veterans (434) 316-5000
Lynchburg Regional Airport (434) 455-6090
Amtrak Train Station (800) 872-7245
GLTC (Bus) (434) 455-5080
Greyhound Bus Lines (800) 231-2222
Blue Ridge Poison Control
Center (800) 222-1222
Human Services of Lynchburg (434) 455-5850
Directory of Associations (434) 845-8016 or 211
Legal Aid Society (434) 846-1326
Lynchburg Regional Business
Alliance (434) 845-5966
Lynchburg Regional Convention
and Visitors Bureau (434) 485-7290
Toll-free: (800) 732-5821
Better Business Bureau (800) 533-5501
Citizens’ First (434) 856-2489
Crime Stoppers (888) 798-5900
Sexual Assault Response Program (434) 947-7422
Daily Bread (434) 845-5703
Food Bank, Lynchburg Area (434) 845-4099
Lynchburg Community Action
Group (434) 846-2778
Salvation Army (434) 845-5939
State Police of Virginia (800) 552-0962
United Way of Central Virginia (434) 846-8467