Life in Charlottesville


Charlottesville is a small, thriving city of 48,000 people, with a local area population of around 150,000. Approximately 110 miles southwest of Washington DC, and 70 miles west of Richmond, Charlottesville is nestled in the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Affectionately known as “C’ville”, the city and surrounding area are home to a wide array of scenic, cultural, historical, and recreational activities. The region boasts a highly educated workforce, excellent school systems, high quality health care, and affordable living.

Residents pride themselves on our local heritage, the area’s natural beauty, and our city’s nationally-ranked reputation. Charlottesville has enjoyed rankings as #1 City in America” (Frommer’s), “Best Place to Live Among Small Cities” (Money magazine), “Top Ten Cities That Have It All” (A&E TV), “40 Best College Towns…” (Outside), “Healthiest Place to Live” (Kiplinger), “Hottest for Fitness” (Newsweek), and “Best Place to Raise a Family” (Readers’ Digest).

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 the Appalachian Trail, mountain biking, and white water rafting. Musical and cultural venues including the Charlottesville Pavilion, John Paul Jones Arena, Paramount Theater, Jefferson Theater, The Southern, 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 an estimated 30 wineries within 30 miles of Charlottesville.

Whether visiting, interviewing, or moving and settling in, we hope you’ll explore the many attractions and services of our area.

Favorites from the Resident Wellness Committee

In 2018, the Resident Wellness Committee (RWC) was created. This committee has four members from each PGY year (one from each “plus-one” group). We meet on a monthly basis to work together to improve life for residents both inside and outside the hospital.

Each week the RWC puts together social events and activities for any residents available to get together. Below is a list of some of our favorite activities around Charlottesville and the surrounding area, per members of the RWC.

Biltmore Grill photo

Enjoying an evening at Biltmore Grill

“Uniquely C’ville” Events
Post-Night Float Breakfast
Humpback Rock photo

Taking in the views at Humpback Rock

  • Anything in Shenandoah National Park – especially love include Whiteoak Canyon, Old Rag, Rose River Loop, Overall Run Falls, Bear Church Rock
  • Humpback Rock
  • Spy Rock
  • Crabtree Falls
  • McAfee Knob
  • Dragon’s Tooth
Other Outdoor Activities
Champion Brewery photo

Hanging out at Champion Brewery

Grocery Stores (this stuff is important!)