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Lynchburg is a wonderful place to live - 7/4/2007
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Rachel
Lynchburg, VA

Of all the places I've lived, Lynchburg is my favorite. It is a small city that feels like a small town. It is a great place to raise a family. It has a lot of parks in the city. In less than four hours you can be in D.C., at the beach, visit Jamestown (just to name a few).

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David
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Wanting Something Better - 5/7/2014

I grew up in rural Minnesota, went to a Junior College in North Dakota, moved to Miami for five years and worked, After that, I moved to New York City for work and lived there for four years, and ended up in Fort Lauderdale to raise my family. We are still here twenty-two years later but have such a want to live and work in Lynchburg to put my special needs son through the law school at Liberty University. My neighborhood has changed so much that the day i was moving my son to FAU last fall for his first year, I was almost killed from a hit and run incident very close from my home. I don't care about people saying that Lynchburg is for religious people. If anyone stops and takes the time to do the research necessary before making a move, they will see that people of faith are generally happier, healthier and more giving. In order to be employable, you need to be a well-rounded person. It may be true that the wages are lower, but the cost of living is lower. Living in the extreme north and the extreme south, not much would affect me about being between, besides, I miss the fall. My difficulty is my New Jersey native wife does not want to leave, but ultimately, she may not have a choice because I can envision the company I work for going under in a couple months. Who's economy is it now, Mr. Obama?

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Gerald
Lynchburg, VA

Lynchburg - 12/25/2012

I will make it simple for everyone to follow: The good--plenty of places to eat for a smaller city, the mountains are nice, a handful of great people The bad--most of the people I encountered are fake, there are politics where it concerns jobs (hidden, but can be found), crime is a bit high for this size city (being from NY, Lynchburg has more crime, pro-rated, than Ronkonkoma, LI, NY--where I grew up), weather is very erratic, economy is weak, but the prices are a bit higher than should be here (lies come when being asked) To be fair, it is not the worst place in the world to raise a family, as long as you understand what comes with a small city (approx. 72,000 people)...

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Anthony
Venice, CA

Quality of life in Lynchburg, VA - 7/18/2012

Lynchburg is beautiful with many good people. However, having lived there for nearly three years, I was very, very happy to leave. For the most part, Lynchburgers fear diversity and change. While it may be a good place to raise children for some, we found the prevailing racism, homophobia, and intolerance to be a challenge for raising children who will eventually leave home and enter the world beyond the Central Virginia region. We wanted our children to have the best start we could give them. Unfortunately, in our opinion, Lynchburg was not the place to do that.

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Bp
Lynchburg, VA

Lynchburg is a great place to live! - 1/19/2012

I've lived in Lynchburg now for 12 years and there have been alot of changes for the good. There is so much to do here and it's a great place to live. Anyone who says otherwise is someone who would be unhappy wherever they lived. We have great restaurants live Olive Garden, Neighbors Place, The Craddock Terry, The Depot Grille, Waterstone Pizza, Panera Bread, and more coming. Target now is a super store with a full grocery store. The Blackwater Creek trails near the city are awesome. Peaksview Park has tennis courts, basketball, mountain bike trails, frisbee golf course, many baseball and soccer fields. Liberty University has some awesome mountain bike trails, SnowFlex is something that people come to from all over the east coast for year-round snowboarding and skiing, the lodge up there has a stunning view with a fireplace and cozy couches. we have nice schools, libraries, we have the Lynchburg Orchestra, several music stores, we have ice skating and hockey games. The Dollar Theatre here is really nice. It's newer and clean. There's plenty of shopping at the mall and on Wards Road. If you want more you can go to Charlottesville (or Roanoke) which are about an hour away. We have a train station that will take you to Washington DC for around $75. You can canoe on the James River. We have some small historical museum's and a children's museum. There is so much to do here if you look for it. The many wooded neighborhood are nice with low cost of living. Low taxes. Nice roadways, etc. There's alot of decent people here too. There are people here from all over. I fit in better with the non-natives, but most people are really nice. I'm from Southern California, which is a nice place to live, but the crime rate is high, the cost of living is outrageous, and it's harder to find a job there than it is in Lynchburg. Count your blessings Lynchburger's -- there are many!:)

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larry
Lynchburg, VA

Cost of living and accsses - 10/17/2011

Lynchburg is an excellent place to live. Decent cost of living. Access to any store you wish to shop. And not too far from hunting and fishing areas nearby

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drema
Lynchburg, VA

A LOVELY MID-SIZED CITY - 1/21/2011

WE HAVE LIVED IN LYNCHBURG FOR 8 YEARS AND LOVE THE AREA. COST OF LIVING IS REASONABLE AND THE AREA IS BEAUTIFUL. LYNCHBURG IS NICKNAMED THE HILL CITY AND HAS LOVELY VIEWS. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF INDUSTRIES HERE AS WELL AS SEVERAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THE JOB MARKET AND HOUSING HAS NOT TAKEN AS GREAT A HIT AS OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE AND COUNTRY. WE ARE CONTEMPLATING MOVING TO FL BECAUSE WE WANT A WARMER CLIMATE AND WITHOUT SNOW OR ICE. MOST OF THE LAST 8 WINTERS HAVE BE MODERATE.

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JJ
Lynchburg, VA

Progress, but not quite Progressive... - 1/3/2011

I'm pleased to report that many undesirable negatives identified in some of these posts have been resolved in Lynchburg within the past 2-3 years: 1. Nightlife. There is a beacon of it in Rivermont Pizza and City View. The former offers live music almost nightly in a relaxed, chill and young people-heavy environment. The microbrews are delicious and hipsters converse with lawyers. The latter offers a dance club scene that provides a remarkable view of downtown. 2. Dining & Coffee Shops: For the size of the city, both are abundant. Main Street Eatery, Robin Alexander, and the all-too-cool Dish are my faves. For coffee shops check out the Muse (a second location opened by Memorial Ave offering Friday music events)Drowsey Poet and the White Hart. You can knock out books in a few hours with these original anti-Starbucks. Love them. 4. Adventure: Should you be talented enough to spin a heli off a tabletop, then you can't beat the Snowflex. But if standard skiing is your thing, Wintergreen is only an hour away. And then the mountain biking. I have never seen so many well-kept trails in a city-owned park than I have at Peaks View. Challenging single track will keep you in shape and a smiling. As a native Pittsburgher, the L-Burg is growing on me by the month.

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Keith
Lynchburg, VA

Jerry Falwell's Rapture Cult - 9/24/2010

Do some investigating for yourself. Investigate the who,when,and where the so called pre-trib rapture cult came from. Trace the money and how it built Liberty University. Tim Lahaye and his false pre-trib doctrine,what a joke! Christ shall return exactly as He said He would,read God's Word not Lahaye's LIES!

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Don
Lynchburg, VA

Crime rating is very local to inner Lynchburg - 9/22/2010

Like any other older medium size city Lynchburg does indeed have some issues with crime but, from my experience, they seem to be very tied to location. Areas to the West and South of the city offer beautiful established and also new wooded neighborhoods that are as safe as any city of this size in the US.

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Aaron
Rexburg, ID

lynchburg - 5/18/2010

decent place to live

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Kevin
Lynchburg, VA

Moving - 3/15/2010

I need a new city.

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Sawyer
Lynchburg, VA

LYNCHBURG is for Lovers - 12/12/2009

Hate it or love it, Lynchburg, Virginia. I love the location of Lynchburg being southwest of Richmond, northwest of Roanoke(my least favorite city in Va) and south of Charlottesville. The climate is to die for. The summers may be a bit too warm for some, however the other 3 seasons are excellent imo. You must understand that Lynchburg is a very rainy city. Most of the people are very friendly, and Lynchburg is also home to the world's largest Christian university, Liberty University.

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Stacey
Spout Spring, VA

working in lynchburg - 4/16/2009

I am a native Virginian and after living for 35 years in the Mid-west wanted to move home. My older sister who spent 40 years in New York also wanted to come home. We came last fall and found 2 houses beside each other and bought them. Well after moving and the economic problems from last fall I find I need to go back to work. There is nothing for some one who has spent 27 years in the same job. I worked for Winnebago Ind. (yes the motor homes) and did a variety of jobs while there. But there are no jobs for me and I was assured by a few people that I would find a job easily. So what do I do now? Move back to Ia? Move some place esle in Va? I would appreciate any advise on this subject. I am so disappointed in my home state. I wish that I had stayed in the mid-west.

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Margaret
Kent, OH

Entertainment in Lynchburg - 3/8/2008

There's a lot going on in Lynchburg if you know where to look. has several performing arts organizations downtown. The Academy of Fine Arts (www.academyfinearts.com)has both community and nationally known groups. Pianist Gustavo Romero, Harlem Gospel Choir, Peking children's Circus, Mavis Staples, Jack Klugman and more. The Renaissance Theatre always has good plays in the round. E.C. Glass Theatre regularly presents great shows. And there are great classes at the Academy, Amazement Square, and Arts and Recreation. Check out the community section of WSET to see what's happening over town.

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Rachel
Lynchburg, VA

Lynchburg is a wonderful place to live - 7/4/2007

Of all the places I've lived, Lynchburg is my favorite. It is a small city that feels like a small town. It is a great place to raise a family. It has a lot of parks in the city. In less than four hours you can be in D.C., at the beach, visit Jamestown (just to name a few).

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Jeffrey
Lynchburg, VA

Differing view - 5/12/2007

We used Best Places last fall, and came to our #5 recommended city(2,3,&4 were in FL, and we wanted out). Lynchburg looked good on our 2 week visit, so we packed up and moved here. With the exception of one wonderful neighbor, we deeply regret moving here. There are few jobs with decent pay, unless you fit into the education, healthcare, or neuclear industries. There is virtually no middle class: it's a great place if you have money, but most of the neighborhoods are less that desireable. The city is trying to make a comeback, but without a middle class, I see little hope!

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Kate
Madison Heights, VA

Agree with Maggie About Falwell Country - 4/10/2007

I've lived in Lynchburg for seven years and regret moving here for many reasons. If one is single (regardless of the reason), without children, other than a Southern Baptist, other than conservative Republican, and 'not from here,' did not graduate from Virginia Tech, enjoy diversity, cultural events (other than Falwell's) this is NOT the place for you. For years LBG bragged about the 'low cost of living' which might have been true at one time. However the lack of cultural diversity, religous and ethnic intolerance, lack of jobs, low pay scale (mostly minimum wage and a 'good job' pays less than $25K a year), clanishness and cliques, and being subjected to forever being the 'ultimate outsider' makes Lynchburg undesireable. This year, thank goodness I am out of here!

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Dan
Lynchburg, VA

Great place for families - 3/1/2007

Lynchburg is a great place to live, especially if you have a family and like outdoor recreation. Safe, some great schools (some not so great too) with abundant natural beauty. Unfortunately, housing has been growing less and less affordable. While it is still less expensive than most big cities, the job market and pay levels aren't keeping up with the housing prices.

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Maggie
Lynchburg, VA

Not for most americans. - 1/14/2007

Unless you are extremely religious or have children, I do not suggest coming to Lynchburg to live. There is no night life, there are not any bars (just restaurants that serve alcohol), there aren't any great dance clubs or hang out spots, good restaurants (except chains) there isn't even a decent movie theater and the mall is small and outdated. You will have a hard time finding things to entertain yourself or even meet people. Don't bother living here if you are Catholic either. This certainly isn't the place for you. Also, if you live here, getting out of here is hard if you want to drive any where or fly anywhere. The closest airport is over an hour away and you have to dig yourself out of the mountains to drive to the nearest highway which is 45 minutes away. If you are under the age of 40 without children, you will have a hard time even getting people to come and visit you. After over 3 years of living here, I am sick and tired of seeing "real men love Jesus" bumper stickers and drivers so slow i get cobwebs on my steering wheel waiting for them to turn.

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David
Niagara Falls, NY

lynchburg has positives. - 1/2/2007

Having been born and raised in Western NY, i had the chance to stay in Lynchburg a few yrs ago. Didn`t stay very long, but i did get a good feel for the area, and what it has to offer.Coming from the state of TAXES,Lynchburg has alot to offer to the middle class resident.Housing is reasonable, taxes are afforadable, and the education thats available is very good.One must also consider that there is a top notch university, in Liberty University in its own back yard. Although there is a very strong religious presence in the area,it beats many other areas in the country as far as living a christian life. Did anyone know that if your child attends the high school on Liberty campus, that their 4 yr college expenses are covered if they want to attend Liberty !!!!.Not a bad area after all, is it ??.Sounds like a great place to live and bring up a family to me.

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