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.