About Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia is a city which remembers its past while focusing on the future - a vibrant central city fostering a strong sense of community, economic opportunity for all our citizens and responsive, results-oriented local government.

Lynchburg is a city of 50 square miles located near the geographic center of the state, bordered by the eastern edge of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It is located approximately 180 miles southwest of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

An active community boasting friendly residential neighborhoods, Lynchburg has a tradition of outstanding public education. Lynchburg operates one of the top school systems in the state and is recognized for its unique Partners in Education program that partners the business and government sector with the schools. The city is also home to five public/private colleges and universities.

A city with outstanding cultural, educational, and recreation opportunities, Lynchburg operates 12 parks, 24 playgrounds, eight community centers, an Olympic-size pool, 34 tennis courts, and 26 baseball diamonds. Other opportunities include hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains or on the Appalachian Trail; swimming and boating on Smith Mountain Lake, one of the country's largest man-made bodies of water; skiing at nearby Wintergreen Resort; or taking in a minor-league baseball game at the city-managed stadium.

Lynchburg has operated under a Council/Manager form of government since 1920. The City Council, comprised of seven members, is elected for four-year staggered terms of office. Lynchburg's City Council has created a vision to guide the community into the next millennium. Encouraging innovative approaches and focused, change-ready leadership, City Council's broad vision targets include stable, productive, inspired families; strategic economic development; an integrated education community; and a community environment second to none.

The City Manager is responsible to the City Council for the effective operation of all government functions. Since the early 1990's, the City has been actively engaged in high-performance development, which has resulted in innovative community/city partnerships; customer service improvements; regional visioning; and the increased use of technology in service delivery. A direct outcome of this work has been the development of a results-oriented strategy for government that will translate the vision and goals of City Council into an internal strategic plan that provides focus and direction for the organization.

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Located on the banks of the James River in Central Virginia, the City of Lynchburg was established in 1786 and thrived for years as an integral tobacco port, making it, for a time, one of the wealthiest cities in the nation. Today, Lynchburg is a charming, family-friendly community with a rich history, cultural life, educational system, and more.

The greater Lynchburg area is full of recreational and historical attractions, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Smith Mountain Lake, Wintergreen Ski Resort, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, and Patrick Henry’s Red Hill Estate.

Lynchburg is affordable and economically stable. Major employers include Centra Health (one of the nation’s most advanced health care systems), Babcock & Wilcox, Liberty University, Genworth Financial, RR Donnelley, and Frito Lay—not to mention a vibrant community of small and local businesses.

Lynchburg operates one of the top school systems in the state, and the area offers a wide variety of private schools and institutes of higher education as well, including Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College, and Sweet Briar College.

When it comes to arts, dining, and shopping, Lynchburg has a lot to offer. The Academy of Fine Arts, Virginia School of the Arts, and the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra are just a few of the artistic venues in the area. From casual restaurants to gourmet fine dining, and everything in between, the Lynchburg dining scene has something for everyone. Lynchburg is home to a variety of boutiques and larger, national chains, satisfying every shopping need.

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Fast Facts

City of Lynchburg

Population (75,000+)
Land Area (49 sq. miles)
Median Resident Age (35.1 years)
Median Household Income ($46,374)
Median House/Condo Value (est.) ($85,300)

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Community Phone Numbers

Tourist Information

Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau 434-845-5966
Visitor Information Center 434-847-1811

Moving to the Area

Chamber of Commerce 434-845-5966
Dog License 434-455-3850
Humane Society 434-846-1438
Garbage Collection 434-856-2489
Trash Disposal Decals & Tags 434-455-3850
Voter Registration 434-847-1609
Dept. of Social Services 434-455-5850
Health Department 434-947-6785
Lynchburg City Schools 434-522-3786

Colleges & Universities

Central VA Community College 434-832-7600
Liberty University 434-832-2000
Lynchburg College 434-544-8100
Miller-Motte Technical College 434-239-5222
Randolph College 434-947-8000
Sweet Briar College 434-381-6100


Lynchburg Regional Airport 434-455-6090
Greater Lynchburg Transit Co. 434-455-5080
Greyhound Bus Lines 434-846-6614
Amtrak 434-847-8247


Lynchburg General Hospital 434-947-3000
Virginia Baptist Hospital 434-947-4668
Fire & EMS Dept. 434-455-6340 (emergencies 911)
Police Dept. 434-847-1602 (emergencies 911)

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