While politicians and planners rejoice over each new national kudo bestowed upon us, many Charlottesvillians wish the rest of the world would just leave us alone. A recent #1 ranking in a book dedicated only to rankings has swelled everybody's head.
July 2008 - Outside Magazine names Charlottesville one of top 20 best cities in the country to locate and enjoy outdoor living.
June 2008 - Forbes names Charlottesville the 13th best place to live.
June 2005 - Life magazine names Charlottesville among the top ten "long weekend getaways." Our claim to fame? "Best New Place to Drink Wine. Twenty-one wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail combined with the lack of snooty angst makes this town the perfect weekend tour.
April 2004 - We're one of 23 American cities recognized as a "smart community" in a new book, Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future by Suzanne Morse, executive director of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change.
March 2004 - Cities Ranked & Rated, a book from Frommer's, ranks Charlottesville #1 among American cities.
September 2003 - UVA named best public college (tied w/Berkeley) in U.S. News & World Report
September 2003 - Outside mag sez Charlottesville one of the 40 best college towns (#8)
September 2003 - Organic Style magazine names Charlottesville the healthiest city in Virginia
September, 2003 - USA Weekend magzine calls this the "most energetic" town, with Tim and Susie Burgess as most energetic couple.
June 2003 - The Milken Institute, an independent economic think tank, ranks Charlottesville America's #30 small city in job growth and job creation.
May 2002 - InStyle Magazine: "Charlottesville has a longstanding reputation as an incubator of creativity. Perhaps it's due to the hazy Blue Ridge Mountains or the abundant historic architecture, or maybe the presence of the world-class University of Virginia. Whatever the reason, this lovely Southern town is home to a thriving community of musicians and writers, and was, of course, the favorite spot of Thomas Jefferson."
Spring 2002 - Where to Retire names Charlottesville to its top 100.
Summer 1999 - The Outdoor Explorer ranks Charlottesville #6 in the country of America's Best Towns to raise an Outdoor Family.
November, 1999 - A&E television profiles Charlottesville as one of the top 10 cities that "Have It All."
February 1998 - Southern Living: "Charlottesville draws writers the way Nashville beckons musicians" quoted in vabook.org 2000
September 1996 - Kiplinger's Personal Finance: #2 healthiest place to live in America.
1996 - Standard Rate & Data's 1996 Lifestyle Market Analyst, ranks Charlottesville #1 in "Avid Book Reading."