Explore Charlottesville

Charlottesville (or “Cville”) is so much more than a college town. With all the amenities of a big city but the community of a small town, it's no wonder Charlottesville is often named one of the happiest cities in America.


City of Charlottesville: 48,210
Charlottesville MSA: 206,615 (consists of the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Nelson counties)

In town…

There's no need to leave Charlottesville to enjoy fabulous restaurants and bars, a continuous roster of events and festivals (like the annual Festival of the Book), historic venues for live music and entertainment, farmer’s markets, and shopping in Charlottesville’s unique pedestrian-only Downtown Mall – not to mention UVA’s own athletics and cultural events. And with plenty of bike trails and convenient public transit, it’s easy to explore everything the city has to offer.

In our backyard…

Venture just outside the city limits, and you’ll find endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, a multitude of wineries (and family-friendly orchards), and the rich history of Jefferson’s Monticello, to name a few. Albemarle County offers adventures for young professionals, young families, the young-at-heart, and everyone in between.

In the vicinity…

Need an easy getaway? Charlottesville is within a few hours’ drive (or fewer) of the mountains, the beach, and the big city. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail or simply admire the fall colors along Shenandoah National Park’s famous Skyline Drive, escape to Virginia Beach for sun and sand, or access all the cultural, historical, and professional opportunities in our nation’s capital. It’s all just a quick trip away.

Video: Why 'Hoos Love to Call Charlottesville Home

Happiness Lives Here

  • 1 st

    Happiest City in America (U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research)

  • 2

    Hours to Washington, D.C.

  • 5 th

    U.S. Community for Well-Being (Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index)

  • The Downtown Mall

    Charlottesville's pedestrian-only Downtown Mall is home to shopping, dining, nightlife, and entertainment — including the Sprint Pavilion outdoor amphitheater and the historic Paramount Theater.

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  • Monticello

    The rich historical and cultural value of Thomas Jefferson's iconic home and gardens, located right in Albemarle County, make this landmark one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East Coast.

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  • Shenandoah National Park

    With 500 miles of trails, ranger programs, campgrounds, and breathtaking vistas, Shenandoah offers a gateway to the beauty of the Blue Ridge for every kind of adventurer.

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