A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$280,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,030
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%

Charlottesville Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    351
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    39
    41
  • Robbery
    92
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    362
    500
  • Theft
    2,092
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    160
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$50,727
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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I absolutely love this city and have lived here for the past 25 years. I keep saying I am going to move to explore other cities but cannot bring myself to do it. There are so many good restaurants, concert venues, breweries, and family friendly activities. No matter what time of year it is, you can always find something to do one the weekends! The only negative part of living in Charlottesville is the cost of living, but if you do a lot of searching you can generally find a lot of landlords with homes for reasonable prices.
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There is nothing not to like about Charlottesville, Virginia. Located in Central Virginia, it has absolutely everything. Charlottesville, despite it's large population, has a very communal feel. Every night, there is always something going on within the community, and anyone is welcome, whether you're a resident or from out of town. There are many great concert venues, my personal favorite being the Sprint Pavilion, which offers free concerts in the summer months every Friday. Along with this, the food is stellar. Charlottesville puts a lot of emphasis on buying local, and it definitely shines through. Finally, if you're looking to get outside, there are many great areas in and out of town. The Downtown Mall, one of my favorite spots, is pedestrian mall with many local shops/restaurants, and is very historical and scenic. Right outside of town, there is the Shenandoah National Park, with endless hikes with gorgeous views. Charlottesville really does have it all!
I will remember the special spirit of this place forever. I have lived in Charlottesville and studied at the University of Virginia for ten months. This short period of time was enough for me to fall in love with it. Every single person at the University and in the whole town will be happy to help anytime! The environment, the nature are so peaceful and calming and make studying easier and more enjoyable. I am thankful to the University of Virginia for teaching me not only the required courses in economics, but also for the life lessons the value of which is hard to overestimate. Being resilient and humble, face the challenges and not giving up whatever happens - these are an extremely valuable endowment that I am now blessed to possess. As a huge bonus, I made great friends there from all over the world less than in one year. No matter what, Charlottesville and UVA are going to echo in my mind and heart with warmth and happy memories.