We <3 Charlottesville!
Charlottesville really does have it all. Despite its small-town vibe, Charlottesville boasts acclaimed restaurants, wineries, and breweries, a thriving arts and music scene, and a booming tech sector. We have been ranked one of America’s healthiest and happiest places, as well as Best Place to Live and Best Small City. Still not convinced? Check out this list of accolades.
Ready to learn more about what exactly makes Charlottesville so awesome? Read on for our favorite reasons to call Charlottesville home.
Low Cost of Living and Better Quality of Life
Many tech and cybersecurity professionals are based in the DC metro area or Northern Virginia, where housing costs and commute times are extreme. Our proximity to DC and direct flights from CHO to ATL, CLT, ORD, LGA, PHL, and IAD make Charlottesville a great choice for professionals looking to escape the daily grind of big-city life.
New York. Paris. Rome. Charlottesville. Charlottesville restaurants routinely get national and global attention. From artisan cocktails at Alley Light and Pappardelle Bolognese at Tavola to townie-favorite bagels from Bodos, Charlottesville has a vast culinary selection and boasts restaurant density comparable to Seattle, San-Francisco, and Portland.
With no shortage of kid-friendly activities and top-ranked public school systems, Charlottesville is a wonderful place to raise a family. From endless exploration at the Virginia Discovery Museum to after-school enrichment programs through UVa, both kids and parents love our community.
Music + Arts
Heavy-hitting musicians love to perform in Charlottesville. Both the John Paul Jones Arena and the Sprint Pavilion have a steady rotation of big-name artists. Many successful acts such as Dave Matthews, John D’earth, The Hackensaw Boys, and Parachute all got their start here.
If art is your thing, The Fralin, McGuffy, and Kluge-Ruhe museums offer great selections of work, and the historic Downtown Mall is home to many smaller galleries featuring local artists. Charlottesville also has several indie movie theaters and renowned theatre troops.
Breweries + Wineries
Feeling thirsty? Check out one of the 17 breweries or 19 wineries within 20 miles of town. Central Virginia has been touted as giving Napa a run for its money with good reason- Virginia wines routinely get national and global acclaim, and the views are breathtaking. The beer scene is pretty great too- Charlottesville holds several beer festivals per year, and one local brewery has even been featured at the World Beer Cup!
Thriving Tech Sector
Charlottesville is swiftly becoming a hub for tech professionals looking to escape hectic city lifestyles. There are several large tech companies based in town, and lots of successful startups (and investors) call Charlottesville home. Tech-focused networking groups such as Charlottesville Business Innovation Council and Charlottesville Women in Tech, and events like the TomTom Festival and Tomtober Fest provide a vibrant community for technology professionals.
Sports + Adventures
Running, biking, rock climbing, and even roller derby- if you are looking for adventure, look no further! Charlottesvillians are known for their active lifestyles. Whether you prefer to go it alone on our award-winning trails or join up with others for some friendly competition, Charlottesville will keep you moving.