Charlottesville, VA Profile: Facts & Data


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Charlottesville, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Charlottesville had a population of 48,656 as of July 1, 2018. 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 38.0293 and longitude -78.4767 in Charlottesville (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charlottesville 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.

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Charlottesville, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 48,656
Population in Households 46,238
Population in Familes 24,647
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,418
Population Density2 4,753
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $46,779
Average Household Income $69,407
Per Capita Income $29,445


Total Housing Units 21,133 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,206 (38.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,703 (55.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,224 ( 5.8%)
Median Home Value $301,453
Average Home Value $383,507


Total Households 19,909
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 8,239
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.37% 1.34%
Households 1.38% 1.36%
Families 1.12% 1.17%
Median Household Income   2.75%
Per Capita Income   3.33%

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, 2018 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 # 19 97th
Population Density # 37 94th
Diversity Index # 199 67th
Median Household Income # 350 41st
Per Capita Income # 247 59th

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