Charlottesville, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Charlottesville, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Charlottesville had a population of 46,299 as of July 1, 2016. Charlottesville ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Charlottesville is located at latitude 38.0377 and longitude -78.4854 in Charlottesville (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charlottesville (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Charlottesville (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 466 feet.

The City of Charlottesville (GNIS ID: 1789068) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Charlottesville population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Charlottesville, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 46,299
Population in Households 43,882
Population in Familes 23,096
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,417
Population Density1 4,522
Diversity Index2 55


Total Households 18,871
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 7,871
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 20,479 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,366 (36.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,505 (56.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,608 ( 7.9%)
Median Home Value $294,044
Average Home Value $364,738


Median Household Income $42,855
Average Household Income $64,285
Per Capita Income $27,299
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.01% 1.17%
Households 0.96% 1.15%
Families 0.74% 1.0%
Median Household Income   -0.9%
Per Capita Income   1.08%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Charlottesville, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Charlottesville to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 21 97th
Population Density1 # 42 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 201 66th
Median Household Income # 367 38th
Per Capita Income # 254 57th

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