About Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia, approximately seventy miles west of Richmond and within a two-hour-plus drive of northern Virginia and the nation’s capital. It is a small, thriving city of 46,000+ people, with a local area population of around 150,000. Charlottesville has been credited with many achievements and has been ranked internationally as:

  • The Atlantic 2010– Top “Brainiest” Metropolitan Areas
  • Kiplinger’s Magazine 2010– Number One City for Retirement
  • Men’s Journal 2010– Healthiest Place to Live
  • Outside Magazine– one of “Seven Dream Towns That Have it All”
  • Reader’s Digest– Top Ten Places in the Country to Raise a Family (#7)
  • Yahoo! Real Estate and Sperling ‘ s  2011- The Ten Best Places to Live
  • Happiness is a place called Charlottesville, Virginia (2014) – The Guardian

Charlottesville is bordered by the scenic Sky Line Drive and the Shenandoah National Forest. It also lies in the heart of horse country. There are countless recreational opportunities abound for anyone who enjoys soccer, mountain biking, running, golf, tennis, camping, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, skiing, outdoor concerts, and community nightlife. Additionally, the city offers a host of cultural and social opportunities which include University and local performing arts groups, The Virginia Film Festival (http://www.virginiafilmfestival.org/) , renowned lecturers, wine tasting at local area vineyards, and antiquing. The possibilities are limitless.

Today, the University of Virginia is ranked the number one state supported university, with nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Law, and Business. Atlantic Coast Conference sports are among the best in the nation. The Central Virginia area is filled with rich history and a wealth of recreational and cultural opportunities. The Charlottesville-Albemarle area is also host to an incredible selection of casual and fine dining establishments with over 30 wineries in a 30 miles of Charlottesville. Come visit historic Charlottesville and the University of Virginia and enjoy this abundance of historical and cultural resources, perfectly complimented by outstanding natural beauty.

Whether visiting, interviewing, or moving and settling in, we hope you’ll explore the many attractions and services in our area. Please see Regional Info for Housestaff for helpful links.