Located in Albemarle County of Virginia, Charlottesville is an independent city as well as the county seat of Albemarle. In essense, that means the residents refer to Charlottesville as their county and their city when filling out official paperwork. However, the Bureau of Economic Analysis usually merges the city of Charlottesville with the County of Albemarle. It has been nicknamed C’Ville by residents. Charlottesville is a unique city with a motto that says “A great place to live for all of our citizens”.
The story of Charlottesville dates back to pre-colonial days when there was a Monacan village in that location. However, modern Charlottesville was established as a result of an Act of the Albemarle County in 1762. The city was not directly affected by the American Civil War, which is quite different from what the rest of Virginia experienced.
Charlottesville was home to Thomas Jefferson, one among the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was also the author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States. Other reputable people that called Charlottesville home were James Monroe and James Madison.
Population and Income
According to the census of 2010, Charlottesville had a population of 43,475 people, and the median age was 27.8 years. The city was composed of 17,778 households, and its median household income was $44,535 when the census was taken. Later statistics from Data USA show that the population had grown to 45,084 by the year 2015 and that the median age was 29.8 years. Data USA also showed that the median household income had grown to $49,775, while the median property value was $285,300 in 2015.
Charlottesville is found along the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering lots of tourist destinations for outdoor lovers. The Shenandoah National Park provides numerous activities for tourists, including hiking at Humpback Rocks and the Appalachian Trail, which can be accessed from the trail at Humpback Rocks. Visitors can go for an aerial view of Charlottesville by going for Ballooning with Blue Ridge Balloon.
Charlottesville has amazing restaurants offering sumptuous cuisines. There are over 100 independent restaurants including the Fleurie Restaurant serving French cuisine, and the Dowtown Grille – a steakhouse that also offers seafood.
Visitors can also take advantage of the events organized throughout the year that reflect the community-centered culture of Charlottesville.
Top on the list of activities in Charlottesville is wine tours, since it is home to several orchards where wine lovers can enjoy a pleasurable wine tasting experience. There are several wineries located in Charlottesville including Jefferson Vineyards (courtesy of Thomas Jefferson, who made a significant contribution to the promotion of Charlottesville’s wine tours to its current world-renown status), Meriweather Spring Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, Keswick Vineyards among others. There are also several breweries to visit.
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