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.
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
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.
The Lynchburg Beacon of Hope, a local non-profit organization, has launched the Stay Close, Go Far Promise Scholarship Program. This scholarship program gives all graduates of Lynchburg City high schools—roughly 550 students—$8,000 per student over two years to attend Central Virginia Community College, and a like amount over four years to attend Liberty University, Centra College of Nursing, Randolph College, Sweet Briar College or the University of Lynchburg. One of only 200 communities in the country and the first in Virginia with such an effort shows the world that the City of Lynchburg is serious about building better citizens.
Public School Enrollment (2017)
Student Teacher Ratio (FY 2017)
Public School Graduates Continuing Education (2016-2017 Academic Year): 91.5%
- 8,332 students, grades K-12
- One early learning center
- 11 elementary schools, grades K-5
- 3 middle schools, grades 6-8
- 2 high schools, grades 9-12
- Technology infused in all curricula levels
- Extra-curricular sports and activities
- Advanced placement courses
- Dual enrollment programs with Central Virginia Community College
- After-school tutorial and enrichment opportunities
- Pre-Kindergarten Program
- Free Suzuki violin instruction (K-12)
- Participant in regional programs/Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology/The LAUREL Regional School
- GO (Gifted Opportunities) Center for academically gifted third, fourth, and fifth graders
- Counselors, and special education services at each school
- Exceptional career-technical and technology education programs
- Fiber optics network connects schools to each other, local government offices and the world
- Art and music for all grade levels (K-12)
- Accelerated Reader program for all elementary and middle schools
- Federal Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence
- Summer enrichment programs
- Internationally recognized music and theatre programs
- National Merit Scholars at both high schools
- Nationally recognized Partners in Education program with over 250 business partners
- Gifted enrichment for all grade levels
- Both high schools consistently take top honors in regional athletic, academic, and state competitions
- Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation
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 (2017)
|Central Virginia Community College||6,400|
|Virginia University of Lynchburg||597|
|Sweet Briar College (Amherst County)||319|
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.
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 the 2014 Comprehensive Housing Marketing Analysis.
|Homeowner Vacancy Rate||3.4|
|Rental Vacancy Rate||10.7|
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.
The Centra Medical Group is a network of local family practices, primary care physicians, and medical and surgical specialists. With more than 7,570 employees, 300 employed providers and physicians and a medical staff of nearly 600, providing care in 70 locations, Centra serves over 500,000 people throughout central and southern Virginia. Centra provides medical services to patients across a geographic area roughly the size of the state of New Jersey, which covers roughly 8,000 square miles. 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.
Here, along the banks of the scenic James River, you will find endless opportunity for adventure, entertainment, amusement, relaxation, and more. Visit 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 Lynchburg Tourism.
To learn more about a visit to Lynchburg, visit Visit LYH.
Arts and Culture
The City of 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.
In 2019, the historic Academy Theatre reopened after lying dormant for more than 50 years.
Lynchburg is also alive with history. You can see it in our neighborhoods, our award-winning museum system, our national historic sites, and the many surrounding battlefields from the Revolutionary and Civil War eras.
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 palate. 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 the City of Lynchburg, for couples, for families, for young and old alike. Enjoy Friday evening concerts in 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.