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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into ninety-five counties and thirty-eight independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

City of Lynchburg, Virginia

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Lynchburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 75,568. The 2014 census estimates an increase to 79,047. 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 the only major city in Virginia that was not captured by the Union before the end of the American Civil War.

Lynchburg is the principal city of the Metropolitan Statistical Area of Lynchburg, near the geographic center of Virginia.

Etymology - Origin of City of Name

Lynchburg, in Campbell County, was named for John Lynch, the owner of the original town site.


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City History

Lynchburg, Virginia was established in 1786. [Virginia Genealogy, Sources & Resources, by Carol McGinnis, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.]

Lynchburg, Virginia was incorporated as a town on 1 January 1805 and incorporated as a city in 1852. Located in Campbell County, Virginia. Portions of Bedford and Campbell Counties, Virginia were annexed in 1976. [Virginia Genealogy, Sources & Resources, by Carol McGinnis, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.]

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 49.8 square miles (128.9 km2), of which, 49.4 square miles (127.9 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (0.74%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Amherst County, Virginia - northeast
  • Bedford County, Virginia - west, northwest
  • Campbell County, Virginia - south, southeast


The city is served by the Lynchburg City Public Schools. Colleges and universities in Lynchburg include Central Virginia Community College, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College, Sweet Briar College, and Virginia University of Lynchburg.

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