Charlottesville, VA
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Living in Charlottesville


Charlottesville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 48,019 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Charlottesville is the 21st largest community in Virginia.

Charlottesville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.12% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Charlottesville is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charlottesville who work in teaching (11.23%), food service (10.38%), and office and administrative support (9.58%).

Of important note, Charlottesville is also a city of artists. Charlottesville has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Charlottesville’s character.

Also of interest is that Charlottesville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Charlottesville is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Charlottesville enrolled in college, Charlottesville has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Charlottesville, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Charlottesville spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.01 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Charlottesville use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Charlottesville‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Charlottesville. 51.44% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Charlottesville in 2010 was $32,860, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $131,440 for a family of four. However, Charlottesville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Charlottesville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Charlottesville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charlottesville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Charlottesville include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Charlottesville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.