Livability Awards

A+ Lynchburg Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Lynchburg Cost of Living Cost of living is 17% lower than Virginia
Lynchburg
8911% less expensive than the US average
Virginia
1077% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lynchburg cost of living
C Lynchburg Crime Total crime is 25% higher than Virginia
Total crime
2,33110% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4310% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%Year over year crime is down
Lynchburg crime
D Lynchburg Employment Household income is 38% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$40,72826% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,01626% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%10% lower than the US average
Lynchburg employment
F Lynchburg Housing Home value is 40% lower than Virginia
Median home value
$149,60019% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$78218% lower than the US average
Home ownership
51%21% lower than the US average
Lynchburg real estate or Lynchburg rentals
A- Lynchburg Schools HS graduation rate is 1% lower than Virginia
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
65%32% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:18% lower than the US average
Lynchburg K-12 schools or Lynchburg colleges

Living in Lynchburg, VA

Lynchburg, Virginia is a medium-sized city with a population of 78,755 residents. Lynchburg tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 29 is far below the national average. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Lynchburg. With average one way commute time of only 18 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Lynchburg, Virginia could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, weather, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Lynchburg and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Lynchburg to Virginia and the national average.

Using data and statistics Lynchburg has received a livability score of 75/100. This score is ranked in the 83rd percentile when compared to all other cities. Compared to the US average, Lynchburg ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Based on the grades for each individual category, Lynchburg has received high marks for amenities (A+), cost of living (B) and education (A-). There are some categories that Lynchburg scores poorly for, including: employment (D) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Lynchburg has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Amazement Square, Old City Cemetery, and Point of Honor.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Lynchburg have a test score average of 65%, which is well above the US average.

Lynchburg real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Lynchburg. Median real estate prices in Lynchburg come in at $149,600, which is 39.8% lower than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Lynchburg, the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 2.6% lower than the Virginia average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Lynchburg area were 2.9% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 2.8%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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      Grey's Restaurant in Lynchburg, VA

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      Wow, who would expect to find a gourmet restaurant at reasonable prices in the old bus station on 5th street. It's newly opened with a continuing flow of people coming and going. Everything was so delicious! We all ordered something different and we were all very pleased. Worth going to. You'll want to go back again and again. I will.
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      Grey’s Restaurant - Wonderful treat!

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      My husband and I ate for the first time at Grey’s restaurant on 5th street. First, I loved the building and art work, but the food was a total complete and delightful surprise! Absolutely everything was delicious and beautifully presented. From the salad, loved the deviled eggs, to the main course - I chose crab cakes. Can I say AMAZING!! I can honestly say, they were the best crab cakes I’ve ever had. My husband chose the ribs. He would stop every few minutes and say, “Wow”. Then we finished it off with strawberry shortcake. We felt like we were in a high end, expensive restaurant, but the price was surprisingly reasonable. Quodos to Shawn Merrow, a truly gifted chef!! We loved it and will be back!
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      What To Expect Living In Lynchburg, Virginia

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      I have lived in the Lynchburg Virginia area my entire life. Lynchburg Virginia has lots of interesting attractions and things to do and see. First of all I feel Lynchburg has a lot to offer. Great restaurants like Outback Steak House and Captin D's offer great food and customer satisfaction. Cattle Annie's Restaurant bar and grill has great food and top country singers who perform on stage live. Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton and Jamey Johnson just to name a few.

      One thing I love about living in Lynchburg, Virginia is easy access to the scenic views of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I have taken pictures of the various scenic overviews and they are to die for. I have also pulled over and had picnic lunches at the many overlooks that are breathtaking. I also like to walk along the scenic route of the James River at a place called Percival's Island. Here you can walk, jog, run and fish right along the James River.

      I also like the fact that Lynchburg Virginia offers museums of fine artwork at the Academy of Fine Art. Lynchburg also has the Point of Honor Museum which features a gift shop and memories of the Lynchburg area. My kids love to visit this as well as Amazement square, which offers lots of fun activities for children. Interactive music station, ride the James River in a simulator boat or ride a indoor zip line. The River Ridge Mall is excellent for a one stop shop.

      If you are planning on visiting or relocating to the city of Lynchburg Virginia, talk with someone at the visitor information center. They can give you all the information you need about our wonderful city.

      There is really nothing I can say that is bad about Lynchburg Virginia. There is just too much to do and so much to see.
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      Source: The Lynchburg, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).