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CNN2017
15 Reasons to Drop Everything and Move to This One Virginia CityOnly in Your State2016
The 25 Most Livable U.S. Cities in 2016Fiscal Times2016
Why Charlottesville, Virginia Is A Hidden Travel GemForbes2016
20 Most Beautiful College Campuses in AmericaConde Nast Traveler2016
Top 10 Places to RetireWashington’s Top News2015
Top 100 Best Places To LiveLivability2015
#1 Most Beautiful College Campus in AmericaBest College Reviews2015
12 Cutest Small Towns in AmericaThe Huffington Post2015
The USA’s 12 Best Places for Book LoversThe Culture Trip2015
7 Amazing Destination Bike Rides: Road Edition bikewagon2015
#7 Best College Town in America for Food and DrinkThrillist2015
5 Wine Regions With a Unique Claim to FameTrivago & The Huffington Post2015
22 Best Small Town Family Weekend DestinationsVacationidea.com2015
The 9 Most Romantic Cities in the SouthThe Huffington Post2015
Best Spring Marathons in the U.S.Daily Burn2015
#1 Most Beautifl College in the SouthBest Colleges Online2015
Best Places To Travel in 2015Orbitz2015
5 Best College Towns You’ll Be Interested in Moving ToExaminer2014
America’s Best College Towns - #3Time Magazine2014
America’s Best Towns for the HolidaysTravel + Leisure2014
Brightest Fall Foliage Destinations in the CountryUSA Today/10 Best2014
#9 Best College Town Weekend USA Today/10 Best2014
10 College Towns We’d Actually Want to Visit as AdultsConde Nast Traveler2014
Top 3 MBA Schools in the WorldThe Economist2014
Virginia - Food Region of 2014Esquire2014
#1 Fall Travel DestinationbetterRVing.com2014
Americas Most Iconic College Campuses - #1Brandpoint2014
10 Best College Towns 2014Livability2014
The 50 Best College Towns in AmericaBest College Reviews2014
Top 100 Best Places to LiveLivability2014
Happiest City in AmericaGood Housekeeping2014
America’s 5 New Foodie CitiesWine Enthusiast2014
#1 College Town in the CountryTravelers Today2014
#1 Most Exciting Place in VirginiaMovoto2014
5 Destinations Every American Should VisitLuxury Travel Magazine2014
10 Hidden Gems Among U.S. College TownsHomeinsurance.com2014
America’s Favorite Mountain TownsTravel & Leisure2014
5 College Towns That Offer Way More Than EducationFlipKey2014
9 Southern Towns You’re Forgetting About But Shouldn’tHuffington Post2014
Happiest and Healthiest Cities in AmericaBusiness Insider2014
10 Best College Towns in AmericaMovoto2014
America’s 10 Friendliest Small CitiesMovoto2014
Top 10 Cities for Affordable HealthcareLivability.com2014
Six Exciting Wine Regions to Explore in 2014Forbes2014
15 Best Spring Marathons in the U.S.Daily Burn2014
America’s 10 Healthiest Small CitiesDaily Finance2014
6 Best Small Towns in America - Best Food CategoryHuffington Post2014
Top 9 Harvest Destinations in the WorldFodors2013
Top 9 Small College Towns to Visit This FallHuffington Post2013
Top 10 Wine Tasting Vacation Destinations in the WorldFamouswonders.com2013
Top 30 Places to Live in AmericaLivability.com2013
One of the 15 Most Beautiful Campus’ in the World (UVA)Forbes2013
Top 10 Best Up and Coming Wine RegionNerdTravel2013
Top 13 Best Historical Destinations in the United StatesU.S. News2013
Place Every American Should See The Today Show2013
Top 10 Spring Vacations in the WorldTravel Channel2013
#1 Medium Sized Mountain TownBlue Ridge County Magazine2013
Top 6 Great American Wine RegionBudget Travel2013
Top 10 City in American for History BuffsTravel Nerd2013
#4 Most Romantic City in AmericaLivability.com2013
Top 10 Wine Destination in the WorldWine Enthusiast2012
American’s Prettiest Winter TownsTravel & Leisure Magazine2012
Top 10 Metro Areas Where People Indicate They Have the Best Overall Sense of Well-BeingUSA Today2012
Top "Brainiest" Metropolitan AreasThe Atlantic2012
Best Small Places to Do Business - Rank 22Forbes Magazine2012
Runner Up - Best For FoodUSA Today/Rand McNally2012
25 Most Beautiful Schools (UVA)Newsweek2012
A Winemaking FrontierBloomberg News2012
Smartest City in AmericaThe Daily Beast2012
#1 Agritourism Spot in AmericaGo Green Travel Green2012
University of Virginia One of It’s 17 "World’s Most Beautiful Universities"Travel & Leisure Magazine2012
Top 20 Tailgate TownSouthern Living2012
#10 Wine Vacation Spot in the WorldUS News2012
The South’s Best College TownsSouthern Living2012
The Best Southern TailgatesSouthern Living2012
Tastiest Towns in the South - #5Southern Living2011
#1 City to Live in the CountryYahoo Real Estate/Sperling2011
#4 for Book LoversLivability.com2011
"Locavore" Capital of the WorldForbes Magazine2011
Most Walkable City in VirginiaWalk Score2011
Top 10 Charming TownsTrip Advisor2011
Healthiest Place to LiveMen’s Journal Magazine2010
Top Place to RetireKiplinger Magazine2010
4th Best Place to Live in the CountryKiplinger Magazine2009
11th Best Place to Find a JobForbes Magazine2009
One of the 30 Coolest Neighborhoods (Belmont)Men’s Health Magazine2009
Top Ten Digital City, 3rd (2005), 4th (2006), 6th (2007), 5th (2008), 4th (2009)Center for Digital Government2009
GROA Certificate of Achievement Reporting (30th Consecutive Year)Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)2009
AAA Bond Rating, Moody’s has Ranked City AAA Since 1973, S & P Since 1964Moody & Standard & Poors2009
Top 10 Healthiest Places to RetireAARP2008
Best Places to Retire, 2ndBlack Enterprise Magazine2008
Best City for Living and Launching a Business - 18th PlaceFortune and Money Magazine2008
Best Small Market for Business - 9th PlaceForbes Magazine2008
2008 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Gold and Flag Award in the Environmental Program (Government) CategoryState of Virginia2008
2008 Bicycle Friendly Community at Silver LevelLeague of American Bicyclists2008
USGBC LEED Gold Certification, Downtown Transit Center, 2008 1st LEED Gold Municipal Designation in the StateUSGBC2008
One of the Best Places to be Found 1995 & 1999, also one of Seven Dream Towns That Have It All, Best Town to Live 2006, 2008Outside Magazine2007
Distinctive DesignationNational Trust for Historic Preservation2007
Environment Excellence Award "Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention Local Government"Businesses for the Bay2007
Best Places to LiveMoney Magazine2007
Best Small College Town (#1)E-Podunk.com2007
Outstanding Achievement for Pollution PreventionChesapeake Bay Stewardship Awards2006
Best Trail RunningOutside Magazine2006
City Website was Voted, Best City Website - Savvy AwardCity County Communications and Marketing Association2006
Top Five Green CitiesBlue Ridge Magazine2006
Best Place To Relocaterelocateamerica.com2006
Best Workplace for CommutersUS Department of Transportation2005
Southern Business & Development Magazine: #1 on the List of 10 "Really Cool Small Southern MarketsSouthern Business & Development Magazine2005
Department of Social Services, USDA Recognition for Outstanding Customer ServiceDepartment of Social Services2005
Business Journals - Best Places to WorkBusiness Journals2004
Money Magazine 100 Best Places to LiveMoney Magazine2004
Awarded First Tee Chapter by the World Golf FoundationWorld Golf Foundation2004
Best Place to Live in the USAUSA Today2001
Best Small Places for Business and CareerForbes Milken Institute1999
Top Ten Places to RetireTravel 50 & BeyondUndated
#1 State Funded College in America (UVA)Forbes MagazineUndated
1 of 10 World Wonders (Monticello and UVA)National Geographic TravelerUndated
Best College Football TownAssociate Press ReadersUndated
18th Safest Mid Sized Cities in the CountryFarmers InsuranceUndated
The Best New Place to Drink WineLife MagazineUndated
10 Perfect Weekend EscapesLife MagazineUndated
#2 Healthiest Place to Live in AmericaKiplinger MagazineUndated
#3 Healthiest Small City to Live in AmericaMen’s Journal MagazineUndated
Top Ten Places in the Country to Raise a FamilyReader’s DigestUndated
Top Ten Healthiest Cities for WomenAmerican Health MagazineUndated
Best Retirement City for GolfersGolf DigestUndated
Best Tennis TownTennis MagazineUndated
One of the Best Places to Live in AmericaArts and Entertainment TelevisionUndated
Most Alive Places to LiveModern Maturity MagazineUndated
Great Place to LiveCottage Living MagazineUndated
City Website Received Sponsors AwardNational Association of Government WebcastersUndated
City Parks and Recreation Department Recognized as Extraordinary Environmental EnterpriseVirginia Department of Environmental QualityUndated
Tree City USATree City USAUndated
Fire Department - ISO Class 2 Fire DepartmentISOUndated

Welcome to Charlottesville!

This is a great video produced by a local UVa law student here in town.  Great overview of all that Charlottesville has to offer and the rich lifestyle that so many are drawn to!


Charlottesville 365; Charlottesville’s Oscar Night America

As someone who doesn’t really often watch the Oscar’s, one of the great parties of the year last year in Charlottesville was Oscar Night America at the Paramount. Tonight the event takes place again, and tickets are still on sale for $45. To benefit the VA film festival and the Paramount Theatre, Oscar Night is officially sanctioned by the Academy…


University of Virginia Ranked among Forbes’ Worlds Most Beautiful College Campuses

The University of Virginia has received yet another world-wide ranking in the eyes of Forbes Magazine; it is amongst their list of most beautiful college campuses in the world. From the Forbes website; Charlottesville, Va. Thomas Jefferson said his proudest achievement was creating this campus in 1819. Jefferson believed that real learning could only happen in an “academical village” setting,…


University of Virginia’s Darden Business Institute Ranked #7 in Entrepreneurship

From the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce September 30 ChamberBits Newsletter; “Darden Ranks #7 in The Nation for Entrepreneurship The 2010 Princeton Review Ranking for Entrepreneur Magazine places Darden in the top of the class for graduate studies.  Over $1 Million in entrepreneurship scholarships awarded annually; recently unveiled i.Lab rooted in multi-disciplinary thinking. Academics complemented by unwavering commitment to experience-based…


University of Virginia Ranked one of Top 100 “Happiest Colleges”

This is a cute “ranking” but is based on a ton of data that isn’t really all that conclusive, however, I’ll take it! … “#48, University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Campus dining: B Campus housing: B- Nightlife: B Graduate indebtedness (avg.): $19,016 Freshman retention rate: 97% Total clubs/organizations: 530 Sunny days: 59%” [From The 100 Happiest Colleges – The Daily Beast ]


Charlottesville365 | Attend a #1 Ranked U.Va. Spring Sporting Event

University of Virginia Men’s Tennis, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s Baseball- all #1 Ranked as of March 28! It’s quite a feat to have a #1 ranked team here locally, or even 2-3 in the same year from the same school, but right now, U.Va. is boasting three #1 ranked teams all at once! It’s a great time to take the opportunity…


Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce Summarizes some of Charlottesville’s Recent Rankings

Thanks to the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce for this nice summary of recent rankings for the City of Charlottesville! I’ve elaborated on many of these and tried to catalogue them here already on the Charlottesville Rankings page , but I definitely missed a few along the way and will be adding more to the page soon! … From the January 21 Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce ChamberBits Newsletter; Recent other acknowledgements for the City of Charlottesville include:

4th Best Place to Live in the Country – Kiplinger’s Magazine 2009 Best Place to Launch a Business – Fortune Magazine 2009 11th Best Town to Find a Job – Forbes Magazine 2009 One of the 30 Coolest Neighborhoods, Belmont – Men’s Health Magazine 2009 18th Safest Mid-Sized Cities in the Country (populations between 150,000 and 500,000), Farmers Insurance 2009 AARP, Top 10 Healthiest Places to Retire, 2008 Best Places to Retire, Black Enterprise Magazine , 2nd in 2008 Best City for Living and Launching a Business by Fortune and Money Magazines – 18th Place in 2008. Best Small Market for Business by Forbes Magazine – 9th Place in 2008.


According to Bestplaces.Net and Mens Journal Magazine, Charlottesville Ranks #5 For Healthiest Towns in the U.S.

Move Men's Health.jpgThanks to Tom Sellman with C&F Mortgage for this great find! Men’s Journal Magazine February 2010 Volume 19, Number 1 According to Men’s Journal Magazine, Charlottesville is competitive on the following items; Local Farms Short Commutes Sidewalks Low Pollution Green Spaces Good Weather The other top ranking cities were; Iowa City, IA Boulder, CO (we are often compared to this city) Logan, UT Northampton, MA


Blue Ridge Outdoors Reader Poll Reveals Several Charlottesville Favorites!

The Blue Ridge Outdoors January Issue “Best of the Outdoors” article highlights several beautiful areas in Charlottesville. This article is reader voted- polling readers from Baltimore to Atlanta to pick their favorites of the Blue Ridge. Here are a few of the places that Charlottesville was competitive; Favorite Section of the Blue Ridge Parkway; Humpback Rock voted #3! … (biggest waterfall East of the Mississippi)- Nelson County Best Ski Runs in the Blue Ridge; Wintergreen Resort Cliffhanger mile long run voted #2! … Check out the full video interview of Tom Daly, from Blue Ridge Outdoors on the Newsplex website here and be sure to read the full article at the Blue Ridge Outdoors website here !


According to Kiplinger.com, UVA is #3 in the Nation for Best Value in Public Colleges

The University of Virginia always seems to fare pretty well in this review, but we have once again been ranked high nationwide based on cost versus value. … We start with data from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities, provided by Peterson’s/Nelnet, then add our own reporting. We narrow the list to about 120 schools based on measures of academic quality — including SAT or ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates, which most schools reported for the class entering in 2002. … To assess costs, we look at total expenses for in-state students (tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and books); the average cost for a student with need after subtracting grants (but not loans); the average cost for a student without need after subtracting non-need-based grants; the average percentage of need met by aid; and the average debt per student before graduation. … To determine out-of-state rankings, we run the academic-quality and expense numbers again, this time using total costs for out-of-state residents and average costs after aid.”


John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville Voted Best New Arena by Sports Illustrated

We all know that the John Paul Jones Arena is hugely successful and has brought lots of great attention and activity to Charlottesville, but it doesn’t hurt to have Sports Illustrated agree!

… BEST NEW ARENA: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va. The University of Virginia spent $140 million to build John Paul Jones Arena, which opened in 2006. The arena is a perfect size (capacity 14,593), includes state-of-the-art practice, training and academic facilities, and it blends perfectly into UVA’s stately campus. [From Tyler Hansbrough, Jonny Flynn shaped decade in college hoops – 2000s: The Decade in Sports – SI.com ] Photo Credit: Wikipedia Creative Commons