Shops along the town square in Lynchburg
Location of Lynchburg, Tennessee
|• Total||130 sq mi (338 km2)|
|• Land||129 sq mi (335 km2)|
|• Water||1 sq mi (3 km2)|
|Elevation||804 ft (245 m)|
|• Density||44/sq mi (17/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||12923422|
Lynchburg is a city in the south-central region of the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is governed by a consolidated city-county government unit whose boundaries coincide with those of Moore County. Lynchburg is best known as the location of the Jack Daniel's distillery, whose famous whiskey is marketed world-wide as the product of a city with only one traffic light. Despite the operational distillery, Lynchburg's home county of Moore is a dry county. The population was 5,740 at the 2000 census.
Lynchburg is located at 3.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 130.4 square miles (337.7 km²), of which 129.2 square miles (334.6 km²) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) (0.93%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,740 people, 2,211 households, and 1,686 families residing in Lynchburg-Moore County. The population density was 44.4 people per square mile (17.2/km²). There were 2,515 housing units at an average density of 19.5 per square mile (7.5/km²). The racial makeup was 95.84% White, 2.72% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 0.78% of the population.
There were 2,211 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.95.
The age distribution was 23.3% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.
The median income for a household in Lynchburg-Moore County was $36,591, and the median income for a family was $41,484. Males had a median income of $31,559 versus $20,987 for females. The per capita income was $19,040. About 7.8% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under the age of 18 and 12.1% ages 65 or older.
In 1988, Metropolitan Lynchburg Moore County was voted into law as the governing body of Moore County, including Lynchburg.
Notable current and former residents of Lynchburg include:
- Davy Crockett (1786–1833), American frontiersman, who lived in what is now Lynchburg from 1811-1813.
- Jack Daniel (1846–1911), founder of Jack Daniel Distillery.
- Shirley Majors (1913–1981), patriarch of the Majors football family and former head coach at Sewanee: The University of the South from 1957-1977.
- Johnny Majors (1935-), College Football Hall of Fame halfback at the University of Tennessee and head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones from 1968–1972, University of Pittsburgh Panthers 1973-76, 1993–96, and the Tennessee Volunteers 1977-1992.
- Jimmy Bedford (1940–2009), sixth master distiller at Jack Daniel's.6
- Little Richard (1932-), American rock and roll artist, currently resides in Lynchburg.
- Bill Dance (1940-), angler and host of "Bill Dance Outdoors," who resided in Lynchburg during the summers of his childhood and learned to fish in Lynchburg's Mulberry Creek.
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- "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- Hevesi, Dennis. "Jimmy Bedford, Guardian of Jack Daniel’s, Dies at 69", The New York Times, August 10, 2009. Accessed August 11, 2009.