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About lynchburg

Lynchburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the banks of the James River. Lynchburg is known as the "City of Seven Hills" or the "Hill City". Lynchburg was named for its founder, John Lynch. When about 17 years old, he started a ferry service at a ford across the James River to carry traffic to and from New London, where his parents had settled. The "City of Seven Hills" quickly developed along the hills surrounding Lynch's Ferry.


Lynchburg is the commercial, cultural, entertainment, and retail hub of the Central Virginia region. 


Locally owned storefronts, coffee shops, eateries, and more offer unique and memorable opportunities 

Parks & Rec

We maintain 17 parks and over 40 miles of trail, which include picnic areas, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.


From museums, arts, theatre and sports, Lynchburg has an attraction for everyone, and events for the whole family.

Lynchburg Facts:

180 miles from Washington, DC

Daily Amtrak to Northeast Corridor

Daily Air Service to Charlotte, NC


State Sales Tax

State Rate 4.3%

Local Rate 1.0%

Food 6.5%

Lodging 6.5%



Mean annual temperature 56ºF

Average January temperature 35ºF

Average July temperature 76ºF

Record high 103ºF

Record low -11ºF

Average annual precipitation 41.62”

Average annual snowfall 15”


City of Lynchburg

Population 79,812

Population MSA 259,950

Median Age 28

Area (in square miles) 50

Median Household Income $51,128

Median Home Value $153,600

Total Household Units 32,585

Real Estate (per $100) $1.11

Personal Property Tax Rate (per $100) $3.80

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