With a population of around 70,000, Lynchburg proper is considerably smaller than many metropolitan suburbs. The city and five surrounding counties represent a population of more than 222,000 and a region of remarkable diversity, industry, and historic significance. Lynchburg is built on seven hills, creating spectacular vistas and a unique municipal layout.
Lynchburg was ranked “2nd Best Small City” by Money Magazine and was included in the top 50 “Best Places to Raise a Family” by Reader’s Digest. Lynchburg is also one of the safest communities in the nation (ranked 7th safest according to the FBI). Lynchburg offers the comfort of feeling safe wherever you go.
You’ll quickly discover that area rent and lifestyle expenses are below the national average, and many campus and local events are inexpensive or free.
The Atlantic Ocean and Colonial Williamsburg are less than a half-day’s drive away. This same area is home to several theme parks: Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, and Water Country USA. Just three hours from Washington D.C., two hours from Richmond, and 30 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Lynchburg is near a haven of activities.
Several years ago, the city was included on a list of “America’s Best Sports Towns” compiled by The Sporting News. Lynchburg’s central location has been a major factor in pulling in such events as the State Amateur Golf Tournament, the Virginia High School League’s summer all-star games and post-season basketball tournament, the Big South Conference basketball tournament and some events of the statewide Commonwealth Games. Another plus for the community has been the construction of Liberty’s 9,000-seat Vines Center, giving Lynchburg one of the best facilities for basketball in the state. The legendary Virginia Ten Miler footrace is a true fall classic for Lynchburg and Central Virginia.
The City of Lynchburg and several of the nearby counties offer varied recreation programs; 12 parks, 24 playgrounds, eight community centers, 26 baseball diamonds, dozens of tennis courts, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
There are two YMCAs in Lynchburg and one each in Bedford and Altavista. The Amherst County community of Madison Heights, just across the river, is known throughout the Southeast for the success of its youth baseball teams, a program that has produced several major leaguers.