Whether you grew up here, attended school or are just looking to relocate somewhere safe, beautiful, and vibrant, Lynchburg, Virginia may the spot for you.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains on the banks of the James River – just miles from the famous Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway -Lynchburg is a fun, urban center surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. The City has grown more than 25% since 2000 and was ranked #1 by Reviews.org in 2019 on the list of Best Places for Millennials to Move after reviewing 325 metro areas for low unemployment rates, positive net migration, low housing costs, and low rates of property crime.
Learn more about why many people are falling in love with Lynchburg and choosing to call this small city home. With a balance of smaller-city comforts and bigger-city amenities, Lynchburg offers:
A Stable, Flourishing Economy
Our industry makeup and workforce is made up of firms of all sizes, making our economy stable and diverse. This means more job security and peace of mind for our community. While employment is primarily driven by healthcare and retail, these jobs are complimented by higher education, energy, professional services and advanced manufacturing sectors. We’re also one of the best cities for start-ups in the country, with access to capital and low operating costs, and ranked in the top 40 for small cities to make a living.
Outstanding Education Opportunities
Lynchburg offers top-notch pre-school, Kindergarten to Grade 12 education in public, private, Montessori and special-needs schools. Furthermore, the City is home to eight college, university and technical school campuses. Every year, more people in Lynchburg pursue higher education, and over 34.2% of the overall population has either a Bachelors degree or a Graduate degree. Our City is also home to many sought after post-secondary institutions, including: Liberty University, the University of Lynchburg, Randolph College, Virginia University of Lynchburg, Central Virginia Community College, and Sweet Briar College nearby.
Strategically located with easy access to major markets, Lynchburg, Virginia, is a distinctive city with all the amenities and resources to live, learn, work, play and prosper. Just three-hours to Washington, DC or Charlotte, NC by car or train – and with multiple daily jet service flights to Charlotte – Lynchburg is easily accessed by Amtrak, air and car.
A Low Cost of Living
Rent, food, transportation, goods and services, and other essentials are generally more affordable in Lynchburg. In fact, the average cost of living is 14.2% lower than the United States average, which gives our community members a higher disposable income to invest in what they love. Lynchburg is even rated one of the Best Value Cities in the U.S. by Kiplinger. Average annual wages have also continued to grow, more than 2.5% in the past year.
Equipped with a world-class health care system, Lynchburg has many walk-in clinics, urgent care, dentists, orthodontists, two major hospitals, and even alternative healthcare consultants to keep you healthy.
Lynchburg is one of the top 10 most secure mid-sized cities in the United States, according to Farmer’s Insurance and Sperling’s Best Places. Our healthy neighborhoods is a key reason Lynchburg was ranked #6 last year in the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. The ranking identifies communities with an engaged workforce, less daily stress and physical pain, and lower rates of obesity and depression. The City moved up from the #8 spot in 2016.
Ideally located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lynchburg is a beautiful city that perfectly blends colonial architecture with modern developments. Fostering a vibrant, artistic and welcoming community, Lynchburg is the perfect place for students, professionals, and those interested in starting or growing a family. Recent announcements in our growing downtown include the grand reopening of the Academy Center of the Arts, recognition for the Water Dog and a new location for Starr Hill Brewery.
But don’t just take our word for it.
So many have chosen to call Lynchburg home, from those that work in the thriving tourism industry to our anchor universities. Our I Am Lynchburg campaign features the faces of Lynchburgers that love this City and choose to live, work and play here. Learn more