History & Attractions

Welcome to Beautiful Charlottesville, VA!

Charlottesville, VA


Charlottesville was formed by charter in 1762 along a trade route called Three Notched Road (present day U.S. Route 250) which led from Richmond to the Great Valley. We are the home of several US presidents:

                         TJ   JM   Monroe

Small Town Feel with World Class Appeal!

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Folks that have lived here for a long time are aware of our City’s benefits and high quality of life. Here’s what others are saying about Charlottesville:

Cities Ranked & Rated 2004: Ranks Charlottesville as #1 Best City to live in USA & Canada (Today Show/USA Today)

Recent Accolades

  • Southern Living – Tastiest Town in the South – #5
  • #1 City to Live in the Country – Yahoo Real Estate/Sperling’s Best Places – 2011
  • #4 for Book Lovers – Livability.com – 2011
  • “Locavore” Capital of the World – Forbes Magazine – 2011
  • Most Walkable City in Virginia – Walk Score – 2011
  • TipAdvisor – Top 10 Charming Towns – 2010
  • Best College Football Town – Associate Press Readers
  • Top “Brainiest” Metropolitan Areas – The Atlantic
  • Number One City for Retirement – Kiplinger.com
  • Healthiest Place to Live – Men’s Journal magazine 2010
  • Top Place to Retire – Kiplinger magazine 2010


The Rotunda at the University of Virginia, designed by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Charlottesville is located in the center of the Commonwealth of Virginia along the Rivanna River, a tributary of the James, just west of the Southwest Mountains, itself paralleling the Blue Ridge about 20 miles to the west. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.3 square miles, all of it land.

Charlottesville is 115 miles from Washington, D.C. and 70 miles from Richmond.


Charlottesville has a four-season humid subtropical climate, with all months being well-watered, though the period from May to September is the wettest. Winters are somewhat cool, with a January average of 35.5 °F, though lows can fall into the teens on some nights and highs frequently (10 days in January) reach 50 °F. The spring and autumnal transitions are of reasonable length, the former being dry, allowing for seasonal allergies. Summers are hot and humid, with July averaging 76.9 °F and the high exceeding 90 °F on 29 or more days per year.

Snowfall in winter generally occurs in light amounts and does not remain long, with a median seasonal amount of 7 inches.


SNL Financial Building

Charlottesville is the home of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory headquarters, the Leander McCormick Observatory and the CFA Institute. It is served by two area hospitals, the Martha Jefferson Hospital founded in 1903, and the University of Virginia Hospital. The National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) is in the Charlottesville area. Other large employers include Crutchfield, GE Intelligent Platforms, PepsiCo and SNL Financial.

For more information on our wonderful city, please visit www.charlottesville.org

(sources: wikipedia, charlottesville.org)


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