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Lynchburg, Virginia


Lynchburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the banks of the James River, Lynchburg is known as the "City of Seven Hills", "The Hill City" and sometimes described as "A City Unto Itself" mostly in reference to the city's historical avoidance of State and Federal entanglements. Bordered by the eastern edge of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. James RiverIt is located approximately 180 miles southwest of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

Lynchburg, Virginia is a city which remembers its past while focusing on the future - a vibrant central city fostering a strong sense of community, economic opportunity for all our citizens and responsive, results-oriented local government.

While in Lynchburg you will find endless opportunity for adventure, entertainment, amusement, relaxation, and more. Discover historic sites, exciting recreational and cultural opportunities, extraordinary shopping, gracious dining and first class accomodations. While in the region visit such renowned attractions as the National D-Day Memorial, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the breathtaking Natural Bridge, the Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, Patrick Henry’s Red Hill estate, or take a leisurely drive along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway. Yes, Lynchburg is the perfect spot to nestle down for a few extra days and see all Central Virginia has to offer.

An active community boasting friendly residential neighborhoods, Lynchburg has a tradition of outstanding public education. Lynchburg operates one of the top school systems in the state and is recognized for its unique Partners in Education program that partners the business and government sector with the schools. The city is also home to five public/private colleges and universities.

Lynchburg is the home of Central Virginia Community College, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College, and Virginia University of Lynchbur. The Lynchburg MSA also includes Sweet Briar College.

A city with outstanding cultural, educational, and recreation opportunities, Lynchburg operates 12 parks, 24 playgrounds, eight community centers, an Olympic-size pool, 34 tennis courts, and 26 baseball diamonds. Other opportunities include hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains or on the Appalachian Trail; swimming and boating on Smith Mountain Lake, one of the country¡¦s largest man-made bodies of water; skiing at nearby Wintergreen Resort; or taking in a minor-league baseball game at the city-managed stadium.

Lynchburg's economy is based on the many high-tech manufacturing companies located here including cellular communications, nuclear energy, and machinery. This manufacturing and research orientation represents a shift from the mill-based economy of the past, which included foundries, shoes and textiles. Education is well-represented here with four area private colleges and a public community college. Health care includes two hospitals, one of which, Lynchburg General, has been recently renovated into a state-of-the-art facility for the next century.

Lynchburg is the regional center for commerce and retail. Industries within the Lynchburg MSA include nuclear technology, pharmaceuticals and material handling. A diversity of small businesses with the region has helped maintain a stable economy and minimized the downturns of the national economy

Housing Cost

Lynchburg, Virginia and its surrounding counties are fortunate to have many pleasant wooded and picturesque neighborhoods, many of which are isolated from the more heavily-travelled areas of the city.

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $147,600

Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $180,804; Detached houses: $182,198; Townhouses or other attached units: $190,735; In 2-unit structures: $129,207; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $153,879; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $128,734; Mobile homes: $71,901
Median gross rent in 2011: $707.


Population in 2012: 77,113. Lynchburg covers 49.4 square miles. It sits at an elevation of 818 feet above sea level. Area code: 434


Lynchburg's climate is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 70's and very cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30's.

The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 86.40 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 24.50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with a difference that can reach 23 degrees Fahrenheit, and moderate during winter with an average difference of 21 degrees Fahrenheit.

The annual average precipitation at Lynchburg is 43.31 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is July with an average rainfall of 4.39 Inches.

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