Charlottesville has received so many of those "Best Place to Live" awards over the years that locals worry too many people will move here, ruining what makes it so great. But, you know, we are also secretly proud to live in a place that gets so many kudos.
2013-Number 4 Best Small City for Working Women
2013-Travel Channels' Top Ten College Towns.
2012-Southern Living calls us one of the South's Best College Towns
2011-Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranks us number 2 in Overall Wellbeing. Whatever that means.
2010-Men's Journal names us Healthiest Place to Live
2009 -Ranked number 4 in Kiplinger's Magazine Best Places to Live in the Country
2009 - Forbes Magazine says we're the 11th best place to find a job
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."