Located virtually in the center of Virginia, Lynchburg is a unique place to live, learn, work and play. It is a community in which residents and businesses alike enjoy a thriving diverse economy. Life in Lynchburg has many advantages with excellent cultural, educational and recreational opportunities; a local government committed to growth; and a natural beauty replete with the kind of mountainous vistas only Virginia has to offer. It boasts a business-oriented political environment; dependable supplies of water, electricity, and natural gas. The area is home to multiple companies serving industries such as nuclear power, conveyer systems, insurance, and healthcare. The rapid growth of Liberty University has helped to boost the area’s reputation as an education center with multiple institutions including Lynchburg College, Randolph College, and Central Virginia Community College.
In 2011 Lynchburg was ranked #49 by Forbes for best places for business and careers and placed it above all other metros with the exception of Washington D.C.-Arlington, Lynchburg's position on the list placed it above all other metros in Virginia, making the city the No. 2 "hot hub" in the state. Milken Institute ranked the Lynchburg area No. 54 overall in it's "Best Performing Cities Index" for job growth, salary increases, and expansion of high-tech industries. Lynchburg and Northern Virginia were the only metro areas in the state to make the top 100. The Manufacturing sector remains a vital part of the Lynchburg MSA's economy. In 2012, manufacturing (with employment of 14,648) was Lynchburg MSA's largest number of 95,933 total employment.