Charlottesville, VA

map preview
Please wait, loading your map...


Charlottesville profile

Living in Charlottesville

Charlottesville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 48,117 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Charlottesville is the 21st largest community in Virginia.

Charlottesville real estate is some of the most expensive in Virginia, although Charlottesville house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Charlottesville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.67% 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 (11.62%), food service (10.04%), and healthcare (8.64%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.59 minutes getting to work every day.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Charlottesville is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Charlottesville area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Charlottesville. 52.60% 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 $35,026, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $140,104 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.