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Pros

-Historic interest
-College-town amenities
-Attractive setting

Cons

-Rising home prices
-Air service
-Rapid growth


What Bert Has To Say About Charlottesville Metro Area


The city is one of many in Virginia set attractively in agricultural land against mountains, in this case the Blue Ridge. It is home to the dignified University of Virginia, which was founded and designed by Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century as an architectural model for a university. The city possesses a special mix of college-town and historic amenities. The commercial downtown area is separated from the campus and a small commercial area by a railroad grade; that small commercial area and the campus could star in any film about college life. Streets all through town, including the residential districts near campus, are shaded with abundant magnolias and other shade trees. Most of the town is easily accessed by foot or bicycle.

Growth pressure has brought some relatively unappealing areas of commercial development mostly north and west but so far the city has resisted most unattractive sprawl. What commercial strips do exist are attractively laid out and avoid most of the hectic and crowded feel found in most areas. Further north, excellent suburbs lie in well-planned communities, and the surrounding countryside is dotted with farms and some residential areas. The school brings an assortment of amenities and entertainment, and there are recreational opportunities in the nearby mountains and Shenandoah National Park. Washington, D.C., about 2 hours away, supplies any missing services and adds to the area’s interest.

Charlottesville is located on a wooded plateau at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding hills are mostly wooded and steep with areas of agriculture in the valleys. To the west the mountains rise to 3,200 feet. The area has a mid-Atlantic, modified continental climate influenced by the ocean to the east and mountains to the west. Summers are warm and humid but not excessively hot. Winters are generally mild with mountain shelter from severe storms and cold. Most of the heavier storms travel up the Atlantic coast or arrive from the southwest bringing periods of unstable weather and thunderstorms in summer and mixed rain and snow in winter. Fall is usually dry and warm with beautiful color. First freeze is early October, last is early April.


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Quick Facts About Charlottesville


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Charlottesville is 3.90 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Charlottesville jobs have Increased by 2.20 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Charlottesville's cost of living is 23.20% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Charlottesville's population is 43,223 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -3.99 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Charlottesville is $290,000. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.60 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Charlottesville public schools spend $13,797 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 11.7 students per teacher in Charlottesville.

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I've lived in Virginia my whole life. After attending school in Richmond and beginning my professional life there (VCU, Virginia Museum), I moved to Charlottesville in... (read more)
Arrogance is truly thy name!!
I completely agree with the review from BigD that the people here have an entitlement I have not quite encountered elsewhere having lived in plenty of big cities... (read more)
We love it here
I moved to Charlottesville 3 years ago and my family absolutely loved it here. It has the 4 seasons but do not have the extreme weathers. It is beautiful... (read more)
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