City of Charlottesville – Information about this Central Virginia City

Things to Know about the City of Charlottesville

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Charlottesville is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In 2016, an estimated 46,912 people lived within the 10.3 square miles, which are the city limits.  Charlottesville is surrounded by Albemarle County.

The City’s much-loved and successful Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall, built in 1974, has delightful mom-and-pop shopping and a wide variety of local dining, along with theater and music venues.  The  University of Virginia is an important part of Charlottesville culturally and historically, as well as serving as the largest local employer and providing world-class medical services.  The Charlottesville area has two award-winning hospitals, as a matter of fact, the University of Virginia Hospital and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.  Both have extensions throughout the area.

The area is also very rich in history, with, among other places of interest, the homes of three US Presidents. In the area or close by are  Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Monroe’s Highland, and James Madison’s Montpelier.  Recreational possibilities abound, as such special sites as the Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive are less than an hour drive from downtown Charlottesville.

It’s easy to assume that the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are one in the same. HOWEVER, they are two distinct entities, with their own governing bodies, taxes, and schools.

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