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  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
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A+
Charlottesville is a town in Virginia with a population of 46,487. 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.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$277,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,089
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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Charlottesville Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    271.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    65.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    46.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    305.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,728.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    149.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    20%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

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Charlottesville is a college town that is heavily influenced by the culture of the University of Virginia. Charlottesville is a beautiful city that continues to grow today because of the various activities and traditions it provides for all individuals. Thursday sunsets at Carter's Mountain and Friday's after 5 are just two activities that the people of Charlottesville have come to see as traditions. The welcoming and lively nature of Charlottesville and the growth in athletic success and the historic and aesthetic appeal has become the trademark of this town. As Charlottesville is continuing to grow it is becoming more expensive to live within the city, however, wages are being raised in order to meet the need of this demand. Charlottesville provides an avenue for every individual to succeed.
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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.
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!