Lynchburg, VA

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Population

260,116

0.402% decline

Median Age

39.9


Median Household Income

$52,976

9.16% growth

Poverty Rate

14.2%


Number of Employees

121,463

0.671% decline

Median Property Value

$171,500

2.63% growth

About

In 2017, Lynchburg, VA had a population of 260k people with a median age of 39.9 and a median household income of $52,976. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lynchburg, VA declined from 261,167 to 260,116, a -0.402% decrease and its median household income grew from $48,530 to $52,976, a 9.16% increase.

The population of Lynchburg, VA is 75.6% White Alone, 17.5% Black or African American Alone, and 2.74% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Lynchburg, VA speak a non-English language, and 98.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lynchburg, VA are Liberty University (19,423 degrees awarded in 2016), Central Virginia Community College (1,355 degrees), and Lynchburg College (695 degrees).

The median property value in Lynchburg, VA is $171,500, and the homeownership rate is 70.5%. Most people in Lynchburg, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Lynchburg, VA is 2 cars per household.

Lynchburg, VA borders Roanoke, VA, Charlottesville, VA, and Danville, VA.

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Economy

The economy of Lynchburg, VA employs 121k people. The largest industries in Lynchburg, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (20,480 people), Educational Services (15,793 people), and Manufacturing (15,497 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,971), Manufacturing ($49,035), and Utilities ($44,897).

Median household income in Lynchburg, VA is $52,976. Males in Lynchburg, VA have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,347. The income inequality in Lynchburg, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.477, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,976

2017 value

± $3,544

9.16%

1 Year Growth

± 8.15%

Households in Lynchburg, VA have a median annual income of $52,976, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $48,530 in 2016, which represents a 9.16% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,867

Average Male Salary

± $1,332

$56,347

Average Female Salary

± $1,064

In 2017, full-time male employees in Lynchburg, VA made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $71,860 ± $3,385

  2. White

    $61,741 ± $1,001

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $59,500 ± $21,033

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Lynchburg, VA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.16 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lynchburg, VA is from Virginia.

0.477

2017 Wage GINI

0.484

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.477 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.42% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lynchburg, VA was Loudoun County, VA with a value of $135,842, followed by Fairfax County, VA and Arlington County, VA, with respective values of $118,279 and $117,237.

The following map shows all of the counties in Lynchburg, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lynchburg, VA (34.9k out of 246k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    21,523 ± 1,051

  2. Black

    10,858 ± 815

  3. Hispanic

    1,081 ± 224

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lynchburg, VA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

121k

2017 Value

± 6,296

-0.671%

1 Year decline

± 7.27%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lynchburg, VA declined at a rate of -0.671%, from 122k employees to 121k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lynchburg, VA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (6,454 people), Other Production Occupations (4,276 people), and First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers (3,739 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lynchburg, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lynchburg, VA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (6,454 people), Other Production Occupations (4,276 people), and First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers (3,739 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Lynchburg, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Preschool & Kinder (8.97 times higher than expected), Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistants & Aides (8.01 times), and First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other (3.89 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lynchburg, VA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,661), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,191), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($65,613).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

121k

2017 Value

± 6,296

-0.671%

1 Year decline

± 7.27%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lynchburg, VA declined at a rate of -0.671%, from 122k employees to 121k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lynchburg, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (20,480 people), Educational Services (15,793 people), and Manufacturing (15,497 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lynchburg, VA, though some of these residents may live in Lynchburg, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lynchburg, VA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (20,480 people), Educational Services (15,793 people), and Manufacturing (15,497 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Lynchburg, VA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.42 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.32 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lynchburg, VA, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,971), Manufacturing ($49,035), and Utilities ($44,897).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.5B

  2. $26B

  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $26B and Electronics and $22.4B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B

2015 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.4B

  2. $12.9B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.8% of the population of Lynchburg, VA has health coverage, with 50.3% on employee plans, 10.7% on Medicaid, 14.8% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 2.51% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Lynchburg, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Lynchburg, VA see 1316 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1317 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1494 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 684 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,316 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Virginia see an average of 1,316 patients per year. This represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1,317 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.17%

Uninsured

50.3%

Employer Coverage

10.7%

Medicaid

14.8%

Medicare

13.4%

Non-Group

2.51%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lynchburg, VA grew by 6.49% from 7.68% to 8.17%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lynchburg, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Lynchburg, VA is home to a population of 260k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.33% of Lynchburg, VA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lynchburg, VA is composed of 197k White Alone residents (75.6%), 45.5k Black or African American Alone residents (17.5%), 7.14k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.74%), 5.58k Two or More Races residents (2.14%), 3.47k Asian Alone residents (1.34%), 1.01k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.39%), 820 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.315%), and 73 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0281%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lynchburg, VA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 1

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lynchburg, VA was 39.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Lynchburg, VA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Lynchburg, VA residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.33%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.24%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.33% of Lynchburg, VA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lynchburg, VA was 3.24%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    112,238 ± 8,170 people

  2. India

    92,231 ± 7,415 people

  3. Korea

    58,294 ± 5,907 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Lynchburg, VA was El Salvador, the natal country of 112,238 Lynchburg, VA residents, followed by India with 92,231 and Korea with 58,294.

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Citizenship

98.2%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.2% of Lynchburg, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lynchburg, VA was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    197k ± 2.3k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    45.5k ± 2.36k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    7.14k ± 1.13k

In 2017, there were 4.32 times more White Alone residents (197k people) in Lynchburg, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 45.5k Black or African American Alone and 7.14k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lynchburg, VA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Lynchburg, VA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Lynchburg, VA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lynchburg, VA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    6,614 ± 1,050

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,814 ± 1,095

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,987 ± 586

Lynchburg, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lynchburg, VA awarded 22,099 degrees. The student population of Lynchburg, VA is skewed towards women, with 34,402 male students and 50,205 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lynchburg, VA are White (11,984 and 55.5%), followed by Unknown (4,191 and 19.4%), Black or African American (3,670 and 17%), and Hispanic or Latino (936 and 4.33%).

The largest universities in Lynchburg, VA by number of degrees awarded are Liberty University (19,423 and 87.9%), Central Virginia Community College (1,355 and 6.13%), and Lynchburg College (695 and 3.14%).

The most popular majors in Lynchburg, VA are General Business Administration & Management (2,793 and 12.6%), General Human Services (1,894 and 8.57%), and General Psychology (1,753 and 7.93%).

The median tuition costs in Lynchburg, VA are $35,650 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,088 degrees awarded

  2. 1,072 degrees awarded

  3. 1,548 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lynchburg, VA was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 1,088 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lynchburg, VA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 19,423 degrees awarded

  2. 1,355 degrees awarded

  3. 695 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$35,650

Median Private

In 2016, the Lynchburg, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Liberty University with 19,423 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

8,785

Degrees Awarded to Men

13,314

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 8,785 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lynchburg, VA, which is 0.66 times less than the 13,314 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    11,984 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    4,191 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    3,670 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lynchburg, VA were to White students. These 11,984 degrees mean that there were 2.86 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 4,191 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lynchburg, VA was $171,500 in 2017, which is 0.788 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $167,100 to $171,500, a 2.63% increase. The homeownership rate in Lynchburg, VA is 70.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lynchburg, VA have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lynchburg, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,976

Median Household Income

± $3,544

98.4k

Number of Households

± 4,873

In 2017, the median household income of the 98.4k households in Lynchburg, VA grew to $52,976 from the previous year's value of $48,530.

The following chart displays the households in Lynchburg, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$171,500

2017 Median

± $4,296

$167,100

2016 Median

± $4,634

In 2017, the median property value in Lynchburg, VA grew to to $171,500 from the previous year's value of $167,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lynchburg, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lynchburg, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lynchburg, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lynchburg, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

70.5%

2017 Homeownership

70.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 70.5% of the housing units in Lynchburg, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lynchburg, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lynchburg, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lynchburg, VA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lynchburg, VA have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.68% of the workforce in Lynchburg, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.9%

  2. Carpooled

    8.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.72%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lynchburg, VA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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