Lynchburg, Va., is a flourishing and historic city of more than 29,600. The isolated and geographically pleasing city is located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Virginia border. About 180 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., Lynchburg residents see their city as a freestanding center of regional economy and trade. This family-friendly Southern city is sure to impress those searching for Lynchburg apartments for rent.
Lynchburg got its start in the mid-18th century, when the Lynch family saw an opportunity for a ferry service on the James River. After the American Revolution, the village at Lynch's Ferry had become an important regional center. By 1786, a charter was granted to create Lynchburg. The city grew over the years, but never lost its small-town feel or nostalgic Virginia charm. The region is home to many significant aspects of American history, including the nation's first tobacco warehouse, Poplar Forest and the Tennessee Railroad. Lynchburg offers vibrant economic opportunity, a high quality of life and a sense of place that few cities of its size are able to create.
Lynchburg is a great location to live and raise a family. The city's mature greenery, hilly landscape and interesting architecture make it an aesthetically pleasing place to call home. Numerous city neighborhoods allow for peaceful residential living while a resurging downtown center provides a haven for urbanites. The city has made numerous improvements to its riverfront, old streets, parks and public places, greatly increasing the quality of life for its residents.
Lynchburg residents have always expressed concern for maintaining the city's historic and natural resources. From encouraging pedestrian-friendliness to maintaining its one-of-a-kind natural environment, Lynchburg seeks to balance the old with the new without destroying the future. Public transit systems connect the city while its old-fashioned design helps create a dynamic and walkable downtown area. For those who prefer more suburban living, numerous subdivisions are located just miles from the city center.
Lynchburg is home to numerous institutes of higher learning. Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Central Virginia Community College, Randolph College, Miller-Motte Technical College, Virginia University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg General Hospital of Nursing and Legends Institute are all located within the city.
As the largest city in the region, Lynchburg serves as an economic capital for the surrounding area. According to the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, some of the region's top employers are Aerofin Corporation, Delta Star, Southern Air, Summit Health and Rehabilitation, Sam's Club, Nationwide Insurance, HARRIS Corporation, Fleet Laboratories, Bausch & Lomb and the City of Lynchburg.
According to City-Data, the cost of living index in Lynchburg is 85.3, which is 14.7 percent lower than the U.S. average. This will be welcome news for those searching for Lynchburg rentals. Approximately 46 percent of homes in Lynchburg are renter-occupied units with a median gross rent in the city about $707 per month.
Virginia's rich history is cataloged in numerous museums and historical sites throughout the state, and Lynchburg offers its fair share of attractions. Visitors should make sure to visit the Anne Spencer House, Civil War Trails, Fort Early, Historic Sandusky, Legacy Museum of African-American History, Lynchburg Museum, Miller Claytor House, National Civil War Chaplains Museum, Point of Honor and Spring Hill Cemetery for a taste of both local and national history.
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