U.Va. & Charlottesville Facts
A Top-Ranked City
#1 City in America, Frommer's Cities Ranked and Rated
In 1998 Money magazine ranked Charlottesville Best Place to Live among Small Cities in the South, based on its economy, housing, weather, quality of life, pollution, and crime rate.
In 2004 Newsweek ranked U.Va. "Hottest for Fitness."
In 2003 Organic Style magazine named Charlottesville the healthiest city in Virginia and the 26th healthiest city in the nation.
In 2003 Outside magazine enlisted undergrad reporters to help its staff come up with "The 40 Best College Towns: The Coolest Places to Work, Play, Study, Party, and Live." Charlottesville was ranked eighth for its beauty, good music scene, culinary perks, Jeffersonian influences and swanky wineries.
Other rankings over the years include:
Location and Climate
A half-hour to the west of Charlottesville is the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Blue Ridge Mountains. A three-hour drive to the east brings you to Atlantic Ocean beaches. Richmond, the state capital, is only one hour away by car, and Washington, D.C., is just two hours north. The average July high is 88 degrees. The average January low is 26 degrees. Charlottesville averages over 200 days of sunshine a year.
Quality of Life
Odds & Ends
Charlottesville was named for Princess Charlotte, wife of George III.
Charlottesville was the filming location for 1991 movie, "True Colors" (which focuses on friends from law school) and 1995 movie, "Major Payne." The nearby Miller School was the location for "Toy Soldiers." "Evan Almighty," due to be released on June 22, 2007, was filmed in Crozet and is directed by U.Va. alumnus Tom Shadyac.
Charlottesville and its surrounding areas have their share of celebs, including Sissy Spacek, Howie Long, Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid; authors John Grisham, Tami Hoag (mysteries), Jan Karon (Jessica Mitford series), and Rita Mae Brown (Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries); and former poet laureate Rita Dove (The Hook 2003-2004 Annual Manual).
Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe all called Charlottesville or its environs home, as did explorer Meriwether Lewis.
The Dave Matthews Band put in its time as a college band in Charlottesville and some of its band members still call the town home. DMB manager Coran Capshaw is a major real estate developer in Charlottesville.
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