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Greater Charlottesville:  A Place to Re-locate You, Your Enterprise, Your Next Adventure

          Greater Charlottesville is a thriving, beautiful community in which to live, work, build enterprise and enjoy, what can only be called - life's next great adventure.

          Over the past 20 years it seems the world has discovered our community.  If there was a trophy case to display Charlottesville's national awards as a "Best Place" to live, work, build a business, raise a family, retire, stay healthy, whatever - ours would be full.

          In 2004, in a comprehensive analysis of nearly 400 metropolitan areas, our Greater Charlottesville community was ranked as "America's Best Place to Live" in Frommer's landmark publication "Cities Ranked & Rated."  That's right -- the Best Place to Live!

Here are a few other high ranking recognitions for our community:

  • Money: Best Places to Live 
  • Arts & Entertainment TV: One of the Best Places to Live in America
  • Relocate America: Best Place to Relocate
  • Forbes: Best Small Places to Do Business 
  • Forbes: Best Small Market for Business by Forbes 
  • Forbes/Milken Institute: Best Small Places for Business & Career
  • Best City for Living and Launching a Business by Fortune Money 
  • Money: 100 Best Places to Live 
  • Modern Maturity: Most Alive Places to Live 
  • Readers' Digest: Top Ten Places in the Country to Raise a Family 
  • Number One City for Retirement - Kiplinger.com 
  • Travel 50 & Beyond: Top Ten Great Places to Retire 
  • Kiplinger: Top Places to Retire
  • Kiplinger: 4th Best Place to Live in the Country
  • Forbes: 11th Best Town to Find a Job
  • 18th Safest Mid-Sized Cities in the Country, Farmers Insurance 
  • Healthiest Place to Live - Men's Journal  
  • Men's Journal: #3 Healthiest Small City to Live in America 
  • American Health: Top Ten Healthiest Cities for Women 
  • AARP: Top 10 Healthiest Places to Retire 
  • Best Places to Retire, Black Enterprise 
  • Forbes: Best Small Market for Business by Forbes 
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Distinctive Destination 
  • Southern Business & Development Magazine: #1 on the list of 10 "Really Cool Small Southern Markets" 
  • Top "Brainiest" Metropolitan Areas - The Atlantic 
  • Life magazine: Charlottesville region "The Best New Place to Drink Wine"  
  • Outside: One of the Best Places to be Found
  • Outside: One of Seven Dream Towns That Have it All, Best Town to Live 
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance: #2 Healthiest Place to Live in America 
  • Golf Digest: Best Retirement City for Golfers 
  • Tennis: Best Tennis Town
  • Outside: Best Trail Running 
  • Cottage Living: Great Place to Live 
  • Blue RidgeTop Five Green Cities
  • Southern Business & Development: Top "Really Cool Small Southern Market"
  • Business Journals - Best Places to Work

          What makes a place so special?  What are folks and businesses looking for in a community?

          The top communities check list starts with economic vitality; then excellent health care; quality education - from early childhood through college; accessibility to markets and workforce opportunity; affordability - everything from housing and taxes to groceries; and, of course natural beauty.

          Greater Charlottesville?  Check, check, check, check, check and check!

          Greater Charlottesville is home to significant large employers from the University of Virginia and its UVa Health System, to State Farm InsuranceGE, Northrup GrummanKlockner PentaplastMacMillan PublishingLexisNexis, a growing defense intelligence sector and hundreds of exciting locally-grown technology firms.

          When it comes to health care, few communities our size are comparable.  The UVa Health System and Martha Jefferson Hospital offer high-end, leading-edge health and medical care across the spectrum of medical disciplines.

          Education starts with a vibrant growing early childhood portfolio of centers, through the finest K-12 public education systems, a health and excellent array of excellent private schools, to a leading community college, Piedmont Virginia Community College and the nation's leading public university, Thomas Jefferson's own University of Virginia.  And education is not just for the young as the University's Osher Life-long Learning Institute and other University programs provide sessions for all ages of our population.

          Greater Charlottesville is located in Central Virginia at the crossroads of Interstate 64 and US29; has a modern, well-connected Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, regular Amtrak service.   Our region's workforce is educated and PVCC, the University, our Chamber of Commerce and others are working daily to provide new global-era skills to the workforce.

          Cost of living in Greater Charlottesville is a tick above the national average, but well below similar indices in major metropolitan areas like Washington DC - Northern Virginia, Metropolitan New York and Greater Atlanta.  And Virginia's taxes are lower than most other states.

          Have you ever seen the Blue Ridge Mountains on a crisp Fall evening as the Sun sets behind them?  Springtime at Monticello?  A Summer float rafting on the majestic James River?  A September evening at one of the more than 15 wineries within an hour of Downtown Charlottesville?

          Entertainment abounds year-round at The Paramount TheaterThe PavilionThe John Paul Jones Arena.  The line-up has included artists from our own home-town Dave Matthews Band to the Rolling Stones; from Tony Bennett to Diana Krall; from Loretta Lynn to Bruce Hornsby; from Professional Bull Riding and Moto-Cross racing to a regular diet of classical music.  

          And of course there are ten months of Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA championship sports at the University of Virginia - Go 'Hoos!

          Businesses looking to expand and locate operations in the Mid-Atlantic as well as individuals and families looking towards "life's next adventure" find Greater Charlottesville as an ideal place to live and build a better future for themselves and their enterprise.

          If you are looking to start a second career, retire, locate an enterprise and enjoy "America's Best Place to Live," contact us at cvillechamber.com or call us at 434.295.3141.

          You may also find our Chamber Aging In Place Business Round Table of interest.