Our Community

What’s the secret behind prosperity for Lynchburg? Our diverse and dynamic community.

Our community boasts a vibrant economy, nationally-ranked public schools and five colleges situated in historic and affordable neighborhoods, a world-class health care system, funky shops and fine dining, in a breathtaking setting of unrivaled natural beauty bounded by the mighty James River and a backdrop of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Not only does Lynchburg have all the right ingredients for extraordinary quality of life, it has the right recipe for blending those elements together. Whether you’re new to the workforce or newly retired, starting a family or starting a business, looking for thrills or looking to relax, there’s something cooking for you in our city.

Lynchburg: The City of Opportunity

There’s a reason Forbes Magazine called our city one of the “Top 50 Best Places for Business and Careers.”  Also known as “The City of Opportunity,” Lynchburg enjoys diverse industries, a skilled workforce, plentiful commercial property and a strong economy.  But don’t take our word for it.  Let our business leaders tell you about doing business in the City of Opportunity.

Lynchburg Education

Quality Schools Mean a Strong Economy

In Lynchburg, we understand that quality education is important for child development and economic development. From maintaining a highly skilled workforce to attracting the brightest knowledge workers, our community’s commitment to education and our nationally-recognized school system are part and parcel of our economic vitality. Our award-winning public school system is complimented by a variety of private and parochial schools, along with five colleges and universities and several technical academies.

 

Lynchburg City Public Schools

Lynchburg City Public Schools

The Lynchburg City School System is recognized as one of the top-tier systems in Virginia with almost two-thirds of educators holding a master’s degree or higher. Both high schools are consistently recognized by the Washington Post as being among America’s most challenging public schools. The school division works with standout programs like Partners in Education and the Education Foundation to connect students to businesses and civic institutions that contribute to the system’s success.

Public School Enrollment (Fall 2014)

Level Facilities Enrollment
Elementary 11 4,090
Middle 3 1,803
High School 2 2,423


Student Teacher Ratio (FY 2014)

Level Ratio
Elementary 16:1
Secondary 20:1

 

Per Pupil Expenditure (FY 2014): $11,158.00

Public School Graduates Continuing Education (2013-2014 Academic Year): 82%

Advanced Programs (2014-2015 Academic Year)

  • Governor’s School for Science and Technology
  • Three (3) Schools for Innovation:
  • T.C. Miller Elementary: Math, Science and the Arts
  • Dearington Elementary: Science, Economics and Foreign Languages
  • Dunbar Middle: Drama, Communications and Foreign Languages
  • Gifted Opportunity Center at Payne Elementary, Grades 3-5
  • DEPTH Program, Grades 3-5
  • Career and Vocational Technical Training Program from building trades to Nuclear Engineering – Includes Three (3) State Licensure Courses including: Certified Nursing Aide, Cosmetology, and Dental

Criminal Justice Program in partnership with Lynchburg Police Department

  • Advanced Placement Programs Offered 25
  • Dual-Enrollment College Credit Programs Offered 6
  • Students Enrolled in 1 or more Advanced Placement Courses 601
  • Students Taking 1 or more Advanced Placement Exams 568
  • Students Taking 1 or more Dual-Enrollment College Courses 182

To learn more about Lynchburg City Public Schools, visit their website here.

Higher Education

Higher Education

Lynchburg boasts five higher education institutions within city limits and more than a dozen colleges and universities in the Central Virginia region. A long tradition of academic excellence coupled with local civic engagement makes for a positive “town and gown” relationship among our colleges, universities, businesses and local government. And the thousands of students graduating every year make a wonderful—and talented—addition to our workforce.

Higher Education Institutions & Enrollment (Fall 2013)

Institution Enrollment
Liberty University 77,338
Central Virginia Community College 4,730
Lynchburg College 2,713
Virginia University of Lynchburg 553
Randolph College 683
Sweet Briar College (Amherst County) 710
An Educated Workforce

An Educated Workforce

Our award-winning local school system, nationally-recognized higher education institutions and our global businesses partner to create a community committed to education, and our workforce shows it. Our citizens’ educational attainment is steadily increasing, and the percentage of our residents with bachelor’s and graduate degrees beats the U.S. average.

Lynchburg Knowledge Workers pie chart

Local Higher Ed. Grads by year bar graph

 

Housing

The Housing Market in Hill City

Lynchburg offers small town affordability with major metro options. From newly-renovated studios in historic downtown to single-family homes in quiet neighborhoods, there’s a home for you in the Hill City. Read our 2014 Comprehensive Housing Marketing Analysis.

Housing Units

Occupied Units 27,875
Vacant Units 3,459
Total Units 31,334

 

Housing Breakdown by Type pie chart

Housing Breakdown by Home Value pie chart

Owners and Renters pie chart

Rental Units by Average Rent graph

Vacancy Rates

Homeowner Vacancy Rate 3.4
Rental Vacancy Rate 10.7
Healthcare

World-Class Healthcare Right Here at Home

Lynchburg is home to Centra Health, a non-profit family of hospitals and physicians providing award-winning care. Facilities include Lynchburg General Hospital, Virginia Baptist Hospital, the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center and the Stroobants Heart Center.

Centra is recognized as one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters and Forbes Magazine placed Centra in the Top 5% of Safest Hospitals in the country.

Centra includes 6,000 employees, a medical staff of 490, with physician practices serving an area from Bedford to Farmville and from Nelson County to Danville. In addition, Centra’s services include residential and outpatient mental health facilities, home health and hospice programs, mammography centers, a sleep disorders center and a center for wound care and hyperbaric medicine. A 27-member Board of Directors representing a cross section of the community governs Centra.

To learn more, visit Centra’s website here.

Discover Lynchburg

Discover Lynchburg

Man in a Lynchburg ParkHere, along the banks of the scenic James River, 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 accommodations.

Lynchburg was recently named one of National Geographic’s “Top 50 Adventure Towns,” and the reasons why are clear. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and bounded by the James River, year-round outdoor recreation in a stunning natural environment is truly right outside your door. Hiking, biking, climbing, canoeing, whatever your interest, the Central Virginia countryside can accommodate you. We even have a year-round outdoor ski slope; one of only two in the world!

Our recreational “built environment” is just as welcoming as our natural surroundings. Lynchburg received the 2011 Outstanding Runner-Friendly Community designation from the Road Runners Club of America, beating out communities like Monterey, California for this health and wellness accolade. Come and enjoy more than 25 miles of dedicated trails connecting our parks, neighborhoods and business districts—all within city limits—and you’ll understand why Lynchburg was recognized as an outstanding city for health and recreation.

Our Parks and Recreation Department has worked diligently to make Lynchburg a jewel of community livability, dedicating over 800 acres to 16 parks, 24 playgrounds, 34 tennis courts, 26 baseball diamonds, eight community centers and two nature preserves, all spread conveniently throughout the city. And don’t forget about private amenities as well, such as world-class golf courses, swimming facilities, sports clubs, ice rinks and more. For more information on recreation in our area, visit Lynchburg Parks & Recreation or Discover Lynchburg.

To learn more about a visit to Lynchburg and the Central Virginia region, visit our tourism partners at

Discover Lynchburg.

Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

Amazement Square Museum Lynchburg, VA

Theaters, Galleries, Museums… oh my! Lynchburg is the arts, cultural and entertainment hub of the Central Virginia region, with year-round offerings of visual and performing arts, a host of galleries featuring local and global artists, and theatres hosting local productions and nationally-recognized touring troupes. Come see what a home-grown, organic arts scene looks like, or enjoy arts and cultural offerings typically found only in large cities: like our symphony orchestra, opera company, ballet and modern dance troupes, and a variety of performing arts groups and theaters.
Lynchburg is also alive with history. You can see it in our historic neighborhoods, our award-winning museum system, our national heritage sites, and the many surrounding battlefields from the Revolutionary and Civil War eras. From Thomas Jefferson’s estate at Poplar Forest to the surrender grounds at Appomattox, our entire region is rich in the history and cultural heritage that has defined our nation. For more information on arts & culture in our area, visit the James River Council for the Arts & Humanities.

Dining and Shopping

After a run on our expansive trail system or before you take in a show at one of our theaters, you’ll probably want to grab a bite to eat and do a little shopping! Choose from an assortment of locally-owned restaurants, from gourmet pizza to tapas, from family style to bistro style, whatever your preference there’s a purveyor to match your palette. And the options for shopping are just as diverse, from funky boutique shops in our historic downtown to national brands in our many shopping centers. Whether you’re looking for antiques or the latest fashions, Lynchburg has it all. For more information on dining and shopping in our area, click here.

Events, Activities & Family Fun

There is no shortage of things to do and places to see in Lynchburg and Central Virginia, for couples, for families, for young and old alike. Enjoy Friday evening concerts in a riverfront park, an array of historic sites, a nationally-renowned children’s museum, frequent summertime block parties and weekly celebrations of art and music. For a listing of local attractions click here. For a listing of upcoming events and activities, click here.

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