Lynchburg, Virginia located along the Blue Ridge Mountain in Southwestern Virginia. It was originally founded in 1786 by John Lynch, who owned a ferry that he first began operating at just seventeen years old along the James River, and it was later incorporated first as a town in 1805 and later as a city in 1852. Lynch eventually went on to build Lynchburg’s first bridge across the James River as well. According to the 2020 census Lynchburg had a population of 79,009. Lynchburg is located nearby the cities of Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Danville.
Lynchburg is also known as “City of Seven Hills” and the “City of Hills.” The original neighborhoods that were developed in Lynchburg were built among the seven hills that were adjacent to the original ferry landing that John Lynch operated from. The neighborhoods are Court House Hill, College Hill, Daniel’s Hill, Diamond Hill, Federal Hill, Franklin Hill, Garland Hill, and White Rock Hill. The city of Lynchburg has a number of cultural and artistic institutions, including the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Fine Arts which operates as Greater Lynchburg’s center for arts and culture, the Commerce Street Theater and Renaissance Theater, Opera on the James, the Maier Museum of Art, and Riversview Artspace. Nearby Crabtree Falls is the longest waterfall east of the Mississippi River and is a part of the George Washington National Forest. Other points of interest in the Lynchburg area include the National D-Day Memorial, Peaks of Otter, and the Poplar Forest, which was Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home that he designed during his second term as President of the United States and eventually retired to. Amazement Square is Central Virginia’s first multidisciplinary, hands-on children’s museum.
Lynchburg is part of a larger metropolitan area close to the center of Virginia. This Metropolitan Statistical Area is the fifth-largest in the state of Virginia with a population of 261,593. Several colleges and universities are a part of this Metropolitan Statistical Area including Virginia University of Lynchburg, Randolph College, the University of Lynchburg, Central Virginia Community College, and Liberty University.
Lynchburg is located in Campbell County. Adjacent counties include Amherst County to the northeast and Bedford County to the west and northwest. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Lynchburg has a total area of 49.6 square miles. Of those, 49.2 square miles is land and 0.4 square miles is water. Lynchburg’s four-season humid subtropical climate is characterized by cool winters and hot, humid summers. According to the 2020 census, of Lynchburg’s population 60.31% was White, 26.87% was Black, 4.91% was Hispanic or Latino, 4.55% identified as Mixed or Multi-Racial, 2.22% was Asian, 0.85% identified as Other, 0.25% was Native American, and 0.04% was Pacific Islander.
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