Why do people love Charlottesville?
Residents have many reasons to love Charlottesville. Charlottesville has incredible scenery — the Blue Ridge Mountains, blue skies, wildlife, and four beautiful seasons; rich history — home to several founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe; and a convenient physical location — with beach, mountains, and Washington, DC, within a couple of hours.
Charlottesville also boasts a major medical center, excellent schools, terrific restaurants, and a burgeoning music scene.
Don’t forget the business climate, which provides ample employment opportunities for making a move as a family. In addition to the many high-tech and pharmaceutical start-ups that call Charlottesville home, there are many other significant employers, including the U.S. Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center and regional offices of large corporations including GE Intelligent Platforms, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia, and State Farm Insurance, among others.
Charlottesville hosts many fun events, including the Virginia Film Festival, Festival of the Book, and the Dogwood Festival. Outdoor activities abound with nearby horse farms, wineries, craft breweries, and orchards offering many ways to spend the day in the Virginia breeze. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders enjoy Wintergreen Resort or Massanutten Resort, both about an hour away. In the summer, the beach is an easy drive.
No wonder Charlottesville has been voted among the top places to live in America, America’s healthiest small cities, America’s friendliest small cities, best college towns and — our favorite — the happiest city in America.
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