Lynchburg, VA
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Lynchburg is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 79,812 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Lynchburg is the 14th largest community in Virginia.

Lynchburg is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Lynchburg is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lynchburg who work in office and administrative support (13.53%), sales jobs (9.54%), and teaching (7.96%).

Also of interest is that Lynchburg has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because Lynchburg has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Lynchburg lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Lynchburg is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Lynchburg people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lynchburg spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.38 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The overall education level of Lynchburg citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.07% of adults in Lynchburg have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lynchburg in 2010 was $21,650, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,600 for a family of four. However, Lynchburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lynchburg is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lynchburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lynchburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lynchburg include German, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Lynchburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.