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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population78,755
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens14%
Employed Population 16+34,428
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married34.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.3%
Median Earnings25+$29,681
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,556
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,584

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,637
% Above Poverty Level75.7%
% Below Poverty Level24.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.5%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone33%
Median Gross Rent$782
Median House Value$149,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.5%
German12.5%
English12.4%
Irish9.7%
Italian4.6%
French Except Basque1.8%
Scottish1.8%
African1.5%
Dutch1.5%
Polish1.3%
Norwegian1%
Welsh0.9%
West Indian0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Canadian0.5%
Swiss0.3%
Russian0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Czech0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Kenyan0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Ghanaian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Greek0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Bahamian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Arab0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Lynchburg Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lynchburg city, Lynchburg City
Standard Zip Codes24501, 24503, 24504, 24502
P.O. Box Zip Codes24505, 24506
Company Zip Codes24513, 24514, 24515
Phone Area Codes434
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude37.4
Approximate Longitude-79.19

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)

StationLYNCHBURG MUNICIPAL AP
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp25 to 45 F
Apr Temp43 to 68 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp44 to 68 F
Annual Precip43.3 inches
StationAPPOMATTOX
Distance18 miles
Jan Temp24 to 45 F
Apr Temp42 to 68 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp43 to 69 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationBROOKNEAL
Distance24 miles
Jan Temp24 to 44 F
Apr Temp40 to 67 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 68 F
Annual Precip44.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Altavista3,478$45,000
Amherst2,519$63,261
Appomattox2,062$39,881
Bedford6,543$60,331
Glasgow1,221$54,063
Hurt1,498$45,563

Lynchburg Public Libraries

Lynchburg Public Library
2315 MEMORIAL AVENUE
Lynchburg, Virginia
(434) 455-6330

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Lynchburg Hospitals

Centra Lynchburg General Hospital
1901 Tate Springs Road
(434) 200-3000
Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital
(Non-profit)
3300 Rivermont Avenue
(434) 200-4000
Centra Specialty Hospital
3300 Rivermont Avenue, Krise 3
(434) 200-1960
Lynchburg General Hospital
(Non-profit)
1901 Tate Springs Road
(434) 200-3000
Surgery Center Of Lynchburg
(Proprietary)
2401 Atherholt Road
(434) 947-7700

Lynchburg Public Schools

Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Home
1400 Florida Ave.
ZIP: 24501
(434) 847-1882
Dearington Elem/innovation
210 Smyth St
ZIP: 24501
(434) 515-5220
Primary
Total Enrollment 186
Carl B. Hutcherson Building
2401 High Street
ZIP: 24501
(434) 515-5180
T.c. Miller Elem For Innovat.
600 Mansfield Ave
ZIP: 24501
(434) 515-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
E.c. Glass High
2111 Memorial Ave
ZIP: 24501
(434) 515-5370
High
Total Enrollment 1412
Laurel Regional Special Ed Ctr
401 Monticello Avenue
ZIP: 24501
(434) 522-3716
Robert S. Payne Elem
1201 Floyd St
ZIP: 24501
(434) 515-5270
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
William M. Bass Elem
1730 Seabury Ave
ZIP: 24501
(434) 515-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 274
Brookville Middle
320 Bee Dr
ZIP: 24502
(434) 239-9267
Middle
Total Enrollment 690
Perrymont Elem
409 Perrymont Ave
ZIP: 24502
(434) 515-5250
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Central Virginia Gov. Sch.
3020 Wards Ferry Rd
ZIP: 24502
(434) 582-1104
Leesville Road Elem
19965 Leesville Road
ZIP: 24502
(434) 239-0303
Primary
Total Enrollment 667
Heritage Elem
501 Leesville Rd
ZIP: 24502
(434) 515-5230
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Heritage High
3020 Wards Ferry Rd
ZIP: 24502
(434) 515-5400
High
Total Enrollment 1038
Tomahawk Elem
155 Bee Drive
ZIP: 24502
(434) 237-4090
Primary
Total Enrollment 659
Sheffield Elem
115 Kenwood Place
ZIP: 24502
(434) 515-5290
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Brookville High
100 Laxton Rd
ZIP: 24502
(434) 239-2636
High
Total Enrollment 940
Sandusky Middle
805 Chinook Place
ZIP: 24502
(434) 515-5350
Middle
Total Enrollment 558
Lynchburg Regional Governor's Stem Academy
Central Va Community College, 3506 Wards Road
ZIP: 24502
(434) 832-7731
Sandusky Elem
5828 Apache Ln
ZIP: 24502
(434) 515-5280
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
Linkhorne Elem
2501 Linkhorne Dr
ZIP: 24503
(434) 515-5240
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
Paul Munro Elem
4641 Locksview Rd
ZIP: 24503
(434) 515-5260
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
Linkhorne Middle
2525 Linkhorne Dr
ZIP: 24503
(434) 515-5330
Middle
Total Enrollment 601
Bedford Hills Elem
4330 Morningside Dr
ZIP: 24503
(434) 515-5210
Primary
Total Enrollment 564
Boonsboro Elem
1234 Eagle Circle
ZIP: 24503
(434) 384-2881
Primary
Total Enrollment 315
Paul Laurence Dunbar Mid. For Innov.
1200 1208 Polk St
ZIP: 24504
(434) 515-5310
Middle
Total Enrollment 664
Lynchburg City Secondary Alternative
915 Court Street, Po Box 2497
ZIP: 24505
(434) 522-3700

Lynchburg Private Schools

New Covenant Schools
122 Fleetwood Dr
ZIP: 24501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 379
Rivermont School
3024 Forest Hills Cir
ZIP: 24501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 50
Holy Cross Regional Catholic School
2125 Langhorne Rd
ZIP: 24501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 200
New Vistas School
520 Eldon St
ZIP: 24501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 42
Blue Ridge Montessori School
1071 Woodberry Square Pl
ZIP: 24502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
The Branches Academy
2812 Greenview Dr
ZIP: 24502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Desmond T Doss Jr Academy
19 George St
ZIP: 24502
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 65
Virginia Episcopal School
400 V E S Rd
ZIP: 24503
Secondary
Total Enrollment 176
James River Day School
5039 Boonsboro Rd
ZIP: 24503
Elementary
Total Enrollment 253
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