Lebanon Fast Facts
- The county seat for Russell County, Va., Lebanon has a population of 3,424 people.
- The town is connected to CPC OptiNet, a fiber-optic broadband infrastructure that equals any in the world.
- Our sales tax rate is 5 percent; income tax rate is 5.75 percent.
- Lebanon’s cost of living index comparison is 92.90, which is 7.10 percent lower than the U.S. average.
- We’re governed by an elected mayor and six council members. We’re located in Virginia’s 38th senate district, 2nd House of Delegates district and 9th congressional district.
- Lebanon is served by the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, one of 21 planning districts in Virginia that promotes regional cooperation.
Home and Work
- Median home purchase in Lebanon is $140,200; median income for a household is $40,329.
- Average one-way commute to work is 20 minutes. Most employees (85 percent) drive their own cars; 1 percent work from home.
- We have few violent crimes in Lebanon, rating only 2 on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10.
- Future job growth over the next decade is predicted to be 30.60 percent.
- Our Russell County Public Schools consists of three secondary schools, 10 elementary schools and one vocational/technical school.
- Student to teacher ratio is 15.7 students per teacher; the system’s drop-out rate for grades 7-12 is 3.8 percent, compared to the state rate of 4 percent.
- The Southwest Virginia Technology Development Center in Lebanon is operated by the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and provides educational programs that strengthen the local workforce.
- Two community colleges are located nearby – Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Va., and Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Va.
- Four-year universities include King University in Bristol, Tenn., and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in Wise, Va.
- On average, Lebanon has 200 sunny days per year. Our July high is around 83 degrees; our January low is 24 degrees.
- Lebanon gets an average of 44 inches of rain per year. Average amount of snowfall is 14 inches; the average U.S. city gets 25 inches per year.
- Lebanon’s air quality is 87 on a scale to 100 (higher is better).
- Our Russell County Medical Center provides emergency and hospital services. We’re also served by 11 healthcare clinics and seven nursing homes.
Fun and Recreation
- Popular local events include the Russell County Fair and Horseshow (Castlewood, Va.), Honaker Redbud Festival, Clinch River Days Festival (St. Paul, Va.) and our own Lebanon Independence Day Celebration.
- Six community parks are nearby, and the Lake Bonaventure Golf and Country Club in Castlewood offers a 9-hole golf course, swimming and 35-acre lake for boating and fishing. Laurel Bed Lake in nearby Saltville, part of the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Area, also provides excellent trout fishing.
- Our Clinch River is a popular site for boating, ranked #1 river in the country by The Nature Conservancy for environmental diversity and significance.
- Other outdoor opportunities are available at the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Area, Pinnacle Natural Area Reserve, Breaks Interstate Park, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and Natural Tunnel State Park.
- We’re also just a short drive to Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, Tenn.), which hosts two of NASCAR’s most exciting stock care races each year.
Other helpful links:
- Official Tourism Website of the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia is for Lovers)
- Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority and Visitor Center
- My Southwest Virginia website
- Spearhead Trails website