Life in Charlottesville

Life in Charlottesville

The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville is located in west-central Virginia, approximately 110 miles southwest of Washington DC, and 70 miles west of Richmond. Charlottesville is a prototypical “college town.” Over 40,000 people live in Charlottesville city limits, but the population of the metropolitan area (which includes the immediately surrounding area and represents the intuitive bounds of the Charlottesville community) is over 200,000.

Charlottesville is considered by many to be one of the finest cities in the country. The region boasts a highly educated workforce, excellent school systems, high quality healthcare, and affordable living. Residents enjoy the area's rich heritage, natural beauty, and nationally-ranked reputation. Charlottesville has an excellent commercial airport. The area's economic base centers on tourism, higher education, light manufacturing, agriculture, and retail trade. Each year thousands of tourists view the Grounds of the University of Virginia and the homes of U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley offer recreational opportunities including hiking (e.g., the Appalachian Trail), mountain biking, and hot air ballooning. Musical and cultural venues including the Charlottesville Pavilion, John Paul Jones Arena, Paramount Theater, and the Virginia Film Festival bring national and international performers to town. Charlottesville-Albemarle is also host to an incredible selection of casual and fine dining establishments and many notable wineries.

Accolades for Charlottesville

  • Number 1 City to Live in the Country, Yahoo Real Estate/Sperling's Best Places 2011
  • Top "Brainiest" Metropolitan Areas, The Atlantic 2011
  • Number One City for Retirement, 2011
  • Top 10 Charming Towns, TripAdvisor 2010
  • Healthiest Place to Live, Men's Journal magazine 2010
  • 4th Best Place to Live in the Country, Kiplinger's Magazine 2009
  • Outside Magazine: One of the Best Places to be Found 1995 & 1999; one of Seven Dream Towns That Have it All, Best Town to Live 2006, 2008

For Families/Spouses/Significant Others

  • 11th Best Town to Find a Job, Forbes Magazine 2009
  • 18th Safest Mid-Sized Cities in the Country (populations between 150,000 and 500,000), Farmers Insurance
  • Best Small Market for Business by Forbes Magazine - 9th Place in 2008
  • Top Ten Places in the Country to Raise a Family (#7 out of 50), Reader's Digest


For more accolades, see the Charlottesville website.

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