If you’d like to live in a city that’s steeped in U.S. history, check out Lynchburg, Virginia. With homes dating as far back as the late 1700s, you can choose to actually live in your own little piece of the past. For those who prefer to be surrounded by antiquity without dwelling in it, there are also newer options with a more modern look. The friendliness of the residents combined with the low home prices make this one of the top places to live in Virginia.
Originally inhabited by Native Americans, the area was formally ceded to the Colony of Virginia in 1721 and has been growing ever since. Jefferson claimed it was "perhaps the most rising place in the U.S" in his day and it grew to become a hub for manufacture and commerce. Part of the reason for its expansion is the excellent climate, with moderate winters and warm summers. The higher altitude also assures the hot summer days will be followed by much cooler nights. The rich vegetation of the state means you’ll never run short of trees, flowers and green fields in your view.
While Virginia is the top-rated state in the country for business, Lynchburg has also been named one of its top cities for commerce. From material handling to nuclear technology, you’ll find a wide variety of suitable employers. While there are plenty of large retailers in the area, small businesses also abound and have helped the local economy stay stable, even during nationwide economic struggles. In fact, the city has some of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. Getting to work is easy with the number of transportation services available. Whether you want to ride a historic train, take the bus or hop on the rail, you’ll have plenty of options to get you where you need to go. When you’re not working, the Renaissance Theater, Academy of Fine arts and Symphony Orchestra serve for a great night out for those with artistic tastes. Plenty of memorials and museums will explain the satisfy your taste for history, and those interested in outdoor recreation will find that the opportunities in Lynchburg are endless. Hike the Peaks of Otter for a view of the neighboring towns or visit the Smith Mountain Lake, the largest lake located within Virginia’s borders. The largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River is also located in the Lynchburg and is just one of the many amazing sights you’ll see in this fantastic town.