Retire in Charlottesville

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Best Retirement City - Charlottesville

See why many believe that Charlottesville is the best city to retire

Charlottesville, Virginia is a small city that has a ton of character, as well as a great surrounding area. Wine lovers will find themselves at home here, as the local vineyards and wineries not only produce great wine, but make for a beautiful backdrop to stop and grab a bite to eat in one of their tasting rooms. Downtown Charlottesville is quite charming, with a variety of small shops and impressive restaurants. Having the University of Virginia in the city also aids the city's strong cultural scene. Retirees will find themselves with a full plate of activities, from nearby Appalachian hiking, to skiing just a short drive away. Charlottesville has many varying neighborhoods, with Rugby, Cherry Hill, and Blue Ridge to name a few. The northern area of Rugby is a quaint residential neighborhood which is a short walk to UVA; a huge benefit for retirees with a bit of local school spirit. Cherry Hill is a planned community also close to UVA and downtown Charlottesville, and boasts a mixture of townhomes and single family homes in a wooded setting. Blue Ridge lies on the higher end of the Charlottesville price spectrum, with estate homes on large lots close to Barracks Road shopping and dining. Click on the tabs to learn even more about what it's like to retire in Charlottesville.

City Highlights

  1. Relaxed pace of life
  2. Surrounded by vineyards and wineries
  3. Access to outdoor activities and the Appalachian Trial
  4. Inviting downtown area
  5. Low unemployment rate for retirees

Potential Drawbacks

  1. No direct access to beach
  2. High home prices vs. National average

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 44,601

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Richmond, VA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Charlottesville Albemarle Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Richmond International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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