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 Folks that have lived here for a long time are aware of our City's benefits and high quality of life. Here's what others are saying about Charlottesville:

 Recent Accolades



  • One of "America's Best Intergenerational Communities" - Met Life & Generations United 2012
  • Tastiest Towns in the South (#5) - Southern Living Magazine April 2012
  • Small Community City for Overall Well-Being - Gallup 2012
  • Top Beer City (#8) - Livability.com 2012
  • #1 City to Live in the Country - Yahoo Real Estate/Sperling's Best Places - 2011
  • "Locavore" Capital of the World - Forbes Magazine - 2011
  • Most Walkable City in Virginia - Walk Score - 2011
  • TripAdvisor - Top 10 Charming Towns - 2010
  • Best College Football Town - Associate Press Readers
  • Top "Brainiest" Metropolitan Areas - The Atlantic
  • Number One City for Retirement - Kiplinger.com
  • Healthiest Place to Live - Men's Journal magazine 2010
  • Top Place to Retire - Kiplinger magazine 2010
  • 4th Best Place to Live in the Country - Kiplinger's Magazine 2009
  • 11th Best Town to Find a Job - Forbes Magazine 2009
  • One of the 30 Coolest Neighborhoods, Belmont - Men's Health Magazine June '09
  • 18th Safest Mid-Sized Cities in the Country (populations between 150,000 and 500,000), Farmers Insurance
  • AAA Bond Rating by Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s 2009, Moody’s has ranked City AAA since 1973, S & P since 1964
  • AARP, Top 10 Healthiest Places to Retire, 2008
  • Best Places to Retire, Black Enterprise Magazine, 2nd in 2008
  • Best City for Living and Launching a Business by Fortune and Money Magazines - 18th Place in 2008.
  • Best Small Market for Business by Forbes Magazine - 9th Place in 2008.
  • 2008 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Gold and Flag Award in the Environmental Program (Government) category
  • USGBC LEED Gold Certification, Downtown Transit Center, 2008, 1st LEED Gold municipal designation in the state.
  • Top Ten Digital City, Center for Digital Government, 3rd 2005, 4th 2006, 6th 2007, 5th 2008, 4th 2009
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Distinctive Destination, 2007
  • 2008 Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze Level from the League of American Bicyclists
  • Southern Business & Development Magazine: #1 on the list of 10 “Really Cool Small Southern Markets"
  • Life magazine: Charlottesville region “The Best New Place to Drink Wine."  Charlottesville area - one of 10 superlative locales cited in Life’s write-up of “10 Perfect Weekend Escapes.”
    2007 Businesses for the Bay Environmental Excellence Award ”Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention, Local Government”
  • Money Magazine: Best Places to Live
  • Outside Magazine: One of the Best Places to be Found 1995 & 1999, also one of Seven Dream Towns That Have it All, Best Town to Live 2006, 2008
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance: #2 Healthiest Place to Live in America
  • Men's Journal: #3 Healthiest Small City to Live in America
  • Reader's Digest: Top Ten Places in the Country to Raise a Family (#7 out of 50)
  • American Health: Top Ten Healthiest Cities for Women (#6)
  • Golf Digest: Best Retirement City for Golfers (#1)
  • Tennis Magazine: Best Tennis Town (#1)
  • Arts and Entertainment Television: One of the Best Places to Live in America (#6)
  • #1 Best City to live in in USA & Canada (Cities Ranked & Rated 2004)
  • E-Podunk.com: Best Small College Town (#1)
  • Modern Maturity Magazine: Most Alive Places to Live (#2 College Town)
  • Forbes/Milken Institute: Best Small Places for Business and Career 2001 (#12)
  • Travel 50 & Beyond: Top Ten Great Places to Retire 1999
  • Best Trail Running, Outside Magazine 2006
  • Cottage Living Magazine, Great Place to Live
  • GFOA Certificate of Achievement Reporting
    • for fiscal year 2013 for the 33th consecutive year.
  • Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Awards, Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention, 2007
  • City Website was voted Best City Website by the City County Communications and Marketing Association – Savvy Award, 2006
  • City Website was voted Best City Website by the National Association of Government Webcasters
  • Top Five Green Cities, Blue Ridge Magazine, 2006
  • City Website received Sponsors Award by the National Association of Government Webcasters
  • City Parks and Recreation Department accepted as Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • City Parks and Recreation Department accepted Tree City USA
  • Best Place to Relocate, Relocate America, 2006
  • Fire Department - ISO Class 2 Fire Department (1 being the best on a score of 10)
    • Internationally Accredited Fire Department
    • Fire Department - Governor's Award for Excellence in Fire Service Management
  • Dozen Distinctive Destinations – Charlottesville – National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2007
  • Best Workplace for Commuters, US Department of Transportation, 2006
  • Department of Social Services, USDA recognition for outstanding customer service, 2005
  • City Ranked the Top “Really Cool Small Southern Market”
    • By Southern Business and Development Magazine, (April 2005)
  • Money Magazine 100 Best Places to Live – August 2004
  • Forbes Magazine – Best Small Places to Do Business – Rank 22
  • Business Journals – Best Places to Work – June 2005

 


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