Richmond, VA Beach edge out Charlottesville in new ââ?¬Å?best place to liveââ?¬Â list

blog-monticello-snow.JPGYes, Charlottesville made one of those “best places to live” lists again, but our self-proclaimed “world-class city” seems to have slipped in the rankings. In the June issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the magazine ranks Charlottesville as the 39th “smartest place to live” in the country. That might seem pretty good, until you notice that Richmond was ranked 26th and Virginia Beach was ranked 38th. Nashville, Tennessee toped the list for its "affordable homes, a mild climate and a phenomenal entertainment scene." Kiplinger’s readers considered the cost of living and the cost of housing to be the two most important factors in finding a place to live.

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But you have to admit that all these "Best Of" lists are bogus-- esp. when you consider that Virginia Beach, aka Skankville, made any "Best Of" list.

You call VABEACH "skankville"??!! How many beautiful sandy beaches does Charlottesville have? Answer: none. How many Rudee Inlets does Charlottesville have? None. How many sweet fishing charters does Charlottesville have? None. Why don't you just drive down to Lake Monticello and try your hand at wind-surfing there before you start shouting down a great place like the Beach.--miffedSurfer

I was OK with this...right up until the point where I see that Morgantown, WV outranked C'ville!

These judges are on drugs!

By the way, I'd move to VABeach in a heart beat to get away from the snobs up here!

Yeah, but Morgantown has this pretty cool trolley system around the WVU campus. So maybe if Charlottesville or UVA ever gets its own trolley system, we could catch up? :)

Hey, buffettbassman....what's wrong with Morgantown? Talk about being a snob!

Oh, Cville definitely got a bigger ego since we hit #1 a few years back... no wonder we've slipped in the rankings... it's not what it used to be... too too bad... Cville thinks it's New York, but it wants to stay so conservative at the same time... it was much better before we had been told that we were a great place to live.

Maybe if some of these new mega-developments get built, the cost of housing in the city will return to reasonable levels. Between the oversupply of condos/converted apartments and the hugely overvalued older homes pretty much anywhere in the city, there aren't many options around here for affordable housing, which is going to be a limiting factor on any "best of" list.
The cabal of developers, investors and Realtors have done a very effective job in spinning the local market out of control for the average wage-earner.

It's funny that everyone trusted the judging when C-Ville was highly regarded, but now that the village has plummeted people think the judging is not valid. Very funny. Now, off to catch those bird-flu like chickens I saw getting hit by cars while running around on the "historic" mall.

But why is there a picture of Monticello in the snow along with this post? Are you trying to say, "It'll be a cold day in Charlottesville when Virginia Beach ever..."?

How many times have I been robbed at VA beach? THREE. Twice on those lovely beaches I might add. If that makes me a snob, at least my nose ain't in the air from the large amount of coke the burglar that was hiding under my bed when I walked into the hotel room had done in his life.