Charlottesville is the perfect place to live. With a metro population of over 200,000, this laid-back city has maintained a small-town feel. The city's cultural fabric is sewn together by its rich history, unique art scene, theater and music community, festivals, vineyards, and sporting events. Residents enjoy a range of sporting and musical entertainment, from ACC football at Scott Stadium to national music acts and Broadway shows at the John Paul Jones Arena. Nationally acclaimed restaurants throughout the city are as diverse as the cultural scene.
The Charlottesville region continually ranks one of the best cities to raise a family, one of the healthiest places to live, and, in 2008, Forbes recognized it as one of the best small markets for business. The city prides itself on its commitment to education, no matter what age, and is known for its exceptional public and private school systems and the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Its location at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, twenty-six neighborhood parks, walking trails, and proximity to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean make Charlottesville a haven for people with active lifestyles.
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