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- Good for FamiliesA
- Cost of LivingB-
- Health & FitnessA-
- Outdoor ActivitiesA-
Charlottesville is a town in Virginia with a population of 47,042. Charlottesville is in Charlottesville City County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Charlottesville offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Charlottesville there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Charlottesville. The public schools in Charlottesville are highly rated.
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Charlottesville is an excellent, smallish college town with a diverse demographic for its small size. It is definitely not conservative, as I read in one review, but actually quite progressive and liberal. I have lived here since 1987 and I find most people to be relatively friendly. The snobbish atmosphere that I’ve heard people talk about is virtually nonexistent anymore. I would say there is some of that within the University. The students have their own downtown and they don’t mix that much on the downtown mall and beyond. I love the fact that there are so many independent businesses/restaurants in the downtown area. Almost all of the fast food is contained in the route 29 Corridor, which is where it belongs. The traffic has definitely gotten worse in the last decade as has construction! But I believe these are signs of a thriving community and city. There are lots and lots of things to do and places to see. It is definitely not a boring city!
While Charlottesville has a lot of restaurants to choose from and plenty of places to live, it lacks job and entertainment variety. Also everything closes down too early. Beyond that if you're looking to become a doctor, nurse, security officer or a real estate agent you'll fit right in! People or moderately nice most people stay to themselves but more often than not are willing to help you in your time of need. If you're an outdoor fanatic there are several places where you can become one with the great outdoors.
Charlottesville is a beautiful place with a lot of fun things to do! Although it is a little pricey to live within the city limits, there are several cities on the outskirts that are cheaper and within a 30 minute distance from Charlottesville itself. There are plenty of places to eat, places to shop and areas to hike! The University of Virginia is right here in town as well as our community college PVCC. So whether people are retired, working, in recovery or going to college, this city is a great place for all!