Lynchburg, Virginia was recently ranked one of the most affordable, and thriving, small cities in the United States to live in. MoneyGeek took a look at all of the cities across the country that had populations under 100,000 people. Compared to thousands of communities, Lynchburg earned the 37th spot in MoneyGeek’s “Top 40 Cities to Make A Living” rank list.
So, what makes a small city like Lynchburg, Virginia a great place to live?
MoneyGeek was looking for cities that had two key components: affordable living and opportunity.
Let’s start with affordability. Lynchburg’s cost of living is surprisingly low, considering the amenities the city offers and local well-paying job opportunities. With a population of 79,047, the cost of living in Lynchburg is 8.7% lower than the national average.
In cities like Lynchburg, there are immense opportunities for growth. Students travel from around the world to study at our universities and colleges, and our thriving business ecosystem and technical industry sectors attract international talent. Lynchburg offers the amentities of a larger city, without the clutter, congestion, traffic and noise of big cities. Nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains, Lynchburg, Virginia residents have access to stunning parks that overlook rivers, mountains and lush forests. Appalacian Trailheads to some of Virginia’s most renowned hikes are within a 25-minute drive of the city’s downtown core. To learn more about local activities and the best places to explore nature in Lynchburg, check out our local Parks and Recreation resources. For people who enjoy the outdoors, Lynchburg is the perfect place to find a work-life balance.
Whether you’re outdoorsy and would enjoy kayaking or rafting down the James River downtown, strolling along cobblestone streets and learning more about Lynchburg’s rich history, or enjoying a delicious meal with good company, Lynchburg offers plenty to see and do for an affordable price.
Locals in Lynchburg have access to the amentities of a larger city – great food, arts, community and events – while enjoying all of the perks of living in the smaller city.