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Overview

Introduction to Lynchburg, Virginia

Lynchburg is an independent city (meaning a city not belonging to a county) located in central Virginia, near the cities of Roanoke, Danville, and Charlottesville. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city is situated approximately 180 miles southwest of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Principal highways in the city include U.S. Route 29, 221, 460, and 501.

Incorporated as a town in 1805 and as a city in 1852, Lynchburg got its name from its founder, John Lynch, who was granted a charter in 1786 by the Virginia General Assembly for a town on 45 acres of his own land. The 19th century saw prosperity for Lynchburg, a center of manufacturing and commerce whose principal industry was tobacco. The onset of the 20th century brought a change in Lynchburg's economic base from tobacco to manufacturing. A large number of factories opened, many of which remained cornerstones of the economy for many years, allowing the city to grow and diversify. Colleges, libraries, and housing developments slowly populated the town over the years, to the point where today's Lynchburg is a vibrant community with a strong industrial base and is a regional center for retail and commerce.

Known as the "City of Seven Hills" (College Hill, Garland Hill, Daniel's Hill, Federal Hill, Diamond Hill, White Rock Hill, and Franklin Hill), Lynchburg was frequented often by Thomas Jefferson, who maintained a nearby residence (Poplar Forest). The city is home to several colleges and universities, including Liberty University, established in the 1980s as Liberty Baptist College by televangelist and Lynchburg resident Jerry Falwell.

Lynchburg Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Lynchburg's rich history and unspoiled beauty make it a natural setting for a wealth of historical landmarks, cultural events, and recreational activities. Some of the more prominent are as follows:

  • Academy of Fine Arts: Houses both an active studio theatre and an historic theatre undergoing renovation
  • Amazement Square, The Rightmire Children's Museum: Four spacious floors of interactive exhibitions, workshops and educational programs
  • Anne Spencer House and Garden: Honoring the internationally acclaimed poet who was the only black woman and the only Virginian included in the Norton Anthology of Modern American and British Poetry
  • Daura Gallery Museum: More than 1,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints
  • Legacy Museum of African-American History: Explores all aspects of local African American history and culture
  • Liberty University Theater: Located on Liberty University's main campus
  • Lynchburg Museum/Old Court House
  • Maier Museum of Art
  • Miller Claytor House
  • Old City Cemetery
  • Sandusky Historic Site & Civil War Museum
  • South River Meeting House
  • The James River Heritage Trail

Although Virginia does not have a major league sports team, the city of Lynchburg is rich in baseball history. Minor League professional baseball has existed here since 1894, when the Lynchburg Hill Climbers brought baseball to the city. The team, which played in the Virginia League until the league disappeared in 1943, underwent some name changes during that time, becoming the Shoemakers, then the Grays, then the Senators. The team moved to the Piedmont League in 1943 and remained there until 1955 as the Lynchburg Cardinals. After a few more league changes and name changes, the team settled down in 1995 as the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League, where they remain to this day. The Hillcats are a class High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

People

Total Population 78,158
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 33,581
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 35.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.1%
Median Earnings25+ $29,654
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,256
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,436

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,128
% Above Poverty Level 75.2%
% Below Poverty Level 24.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation 3.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.6%
Median Gross Rent $778
Median House Value $149,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.4%
US/American 0%
English 13.7%
Irish 10%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lynchburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 114 miles N of Raleigh, North Carolina
County
Metro Area Lynchburg
Standard Zip Codes 24501, 24502, 24503, 24504
P.O. Box Zip Codes 24505, 24506
Company Zip Codes 24512, 24513, 24514, 24515
Phone Area Codes 434
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.37
Longitude -79.16

Lynchburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LYNCHBURG MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 45 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43.3 inches
Station APPOMATTOX
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 45 F
Apr Temp 42 to 68 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station BROOKNEAL
Distance 24 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 40 to 67 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Altavista 3,464 $38,611
Amherst 2,323 $54,784
Appomattox 2,124 $29,375
Bedford 6,522 $52,155
Glasgow 1,362 $50,119
Hurt 1,412 $46,176

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lynchburg Public Libraries

Library
Lynchburg Public Library
2315 MEMORIAL AVENUE
Lynchburg, Virginia
(434) 847-1577

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Lynchburg Hospitals

CENTRA HEALTH
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1920 ATHERHOLT ROAD
(434) 947-4705
Emergency Service: Yes

CENTRAL VIRGINIA TRAINING CENTER
(Government - Local)
PO BOX 1098
(804) 947-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lynchburg High Schools

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E. C. GLASS HIGH
2111 MEMORIAL AVE
434-522-3712
Serves 1,660 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

HERITAGE HIGH
3020 WARDS FERRY RD
434-582-1147
Serves 1,160 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

BROOKVILLE HIGH
100 LAXTON RD
804-239-2636
Serves 967 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 38.7

CENTRAL VIRGINIA GOV SCH
3020 WARDS FERRY RD
434-582-1104
A Magnet School.

LYNCHBURG CITY SECONDARY ALTERNATIVE
1200-1208 POLK ST.
434-522-3700
A Non-traditional School

LYNCHBURG JUVENILE DETENTION HOME
1400 FLORIDA AVE.
434-847-1882
A Non-traditional School

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