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Charlottesville, VA

Class: Small city
Class rank: 1

Thomas Jefferson would no longer recognize the place. Charlottesville has experienced explosive growth in recent years as companies abandoned the Washington metro area for the charm of the historic college town.

Charlottesville leads our list of small cities because of its many restaurants, book stores and information companies, its arts scene and its historic preservation efforts.





Combined college enrollment: 22,411

Population: 45,049
Population change, 1990-2000: 11.70%

Median age: 25.6
(National: 35.3)

Per capita income: $16,973
(National: $21,587)

Unemployment rate: 2%
(National: 4.0%)

Owner-occupied housing: 39.2%

Public library expenditures, per capita: $22.16

Community profiles:
Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville demographics

College profiles:
University of Virginia

Notes:
1. All figures are for the years 1999-2000.
2. Combined enrollment figures are for the four-year colleges included in this survey.
3. Unemployment rates are an annual average.
4. Per-capita income and unemployment rates are county-level statistics.

For more on the sources and statistics used in this study, see methodology.


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