Central Virginia

The City of Charlottesville is nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Central Virginia. Home to a population of nearly 50,000 residents with a metropolitan population over 200,000. The City has earned a reputation as being one of the most livable places in the country. In 2004 the City was given the distinction by Cities Ranked and Rated as the “Best Place to Live in America,” and Charlottesville has consistently been listed among Money and Fortune Magazines’ Best Places to Live and Best Places to Retire.

"Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville"With more than twenty wineries in Central Virginia, it’s no wonder Life magazine recently awarded the Charlottesville region The Best New Place to Drink Wine.

Charlottesville boasts a temperate climate and year-round beauty during its four seasons, with temperatures rarely rising above ninety degrees or falling below twenty degrees.

A city deep in historic value, the area has raised three Presidents and is the home of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1825. With a growing enrollment of nearly 20,000, the University is consistently listed as one of the top five public universities in the country.

Educational opportunities abound in Charlottesville as it’s home to the University of Virginia, as well as the Piedmont Virginia Community College. The University, located in the heart of the City, invests more than $140 million annually in private and government funds for research and development.