An Environment for Opportunity

The City of Lynchburg is rapidly growing as Central Virginia’s urban center for commerce and culture. This is evident in our expanding diverse population, our flourishing higher education institutions, and our economic growth. Read below to find out more about why Lynchburg is thriving.

Key Statistics

2019 Population

82,168

up more than 25% since 2000

Median Age
28.6 years old
53.1% Female
46.9% Male
72% of the workforce
commutes into the
City each day
Average commute
24 minutes

Cost of living is

14.2%

lower than the U.S. average

Location and Transportation

Lynchburg is at the heart of Central Virginia, sited near the geographic center of the Commonwealth. This principal locality is contributing to the city’s status as the economic hub of the region. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and bounded by the James River, Lynchburg is a prime location for pristine environment.

East of Lynchburg is the capital of Richmond, which is a short drive away. Also, North of Lynchburg is Washington, D.C. which is a quick train ride or drive. The major east coast shipping hub, the Port of Hampton Roads, can be reached in a matter of hours by rail or road.

Economic Profile

Utilities & Taxes

Utilities

Utilities

The following utility companies proudly service the Lynchburg Metropolitan Area.

Utility Providers

 

Electricity

American Electric Power

Natural Gas

Columbia Gas

Water

Water Resources, City of Lynchburg

Sewer/WWT

Water Resources, City of Lynchburg

Solid Waste Disposal           

Region 2000 Services Authority

Telecommunications

Verizon-Virginia 

 

Download the City of Lynchburg FY 2018 Rate Study & Annual Report and the 2020 Water Quality Report

*In some cases commercial utility rates may be negotiable. Rates above based on recent published rates but are not guaranteed. Contact the utility provider for specific rates and rebates.

Taxes

Taxes

Lynchburg’s business environment is vibrant due to a sensible local and state tax codes that help foster investment and expansion. Our local taxes reflect Virginia as the fourth most tax-competitive state in the nation. In many instances, the rates below may be eligible for reimbursement or credits depending on your business, revenues or expenditures. For more information, contact the Office of Economic Development at 434-455-4491 or email melissa.dismond@lynchburgva.gov.

Corporate Income Tax

  • Rate of 6%
  • Unchanged in Over Forty Years
  • Three-Factor Apportionment Formula of Payroll, Property and Sales (Sales Double-Weighted)
  • Tax Credits for Job Creation and Investment
  • No Franchise or Net Worth Tax

Sales and Use Tax 

  • Rate of 4.3%
  • Tax on Gross Receipts from Retail Sales or Leases of Taxable Tangible
  • Personal Property Manufacturers Exempt from Tax on Purchases for Production
  • Distributors Exempt from Tax on Items Purchased for Resale

 

Local Taxes

The Commissioner of the Revenue administers local taxes in the City of Lynchburg. For local tax purposes, businesses are classified as Manufacturers or Non-Manufacturers.

All Businesses

Real Estate Tax

Nominal Tax Rate per $100 of Assessed Value        

$1.11

 

Business Personal Property Tax

Nominal Tax Rates per $100 of Assessed Value       

$3.80

Value Used for Tax Calculation

Original Cost   

Assessment Ratio (in years)

 

1-5 years old

30%

6+ years old

25.35%

 

Manufacturing Businesses

Machinery and Tools

Nominal Tax Rate per $100 of Assessed Value       

$3.00

Value Used for Tax Calculation

Original Cost

Assessment Ratio (in years)

 

1-5 years old

30%

6+ years old

25.35%

 

Non-Manufacturing Businesses

Business, Professional and Occupational License Tax

All Businesses with Gross Receipts Less Than $10,000         

No fee

$10,001-$50,000

$30.00

$50,001-$100,000

$50.00

$100,001-$150,000

$160.00

Retail Merchants

20 cents per $100 of Gross Receipts

Contractor

16 cents per $100 of Gross Receipts

Business/Personal Service

36 cents per $100 of Gross Receipts

Professional Service

58 cents per $100 of Gross Receipts

Wholesale Merchant

$20 plus 28 cents per $100 of Gross Purchases

 

Hospitality & Service Sector Taxes

Local Sales and Use Tax

  • Retail Sales and Leases of Tangible Property: 1%

Meals & Lodging

  • Prepared Foods and Beverages: 6.5% of Sale
  • Lodging for Compensation Per Room Per Night: $1 plus 6.5% of Sale

Amusement Tax

  • Event or Activity Admission: 7% of Sale