Situated in the central portion of the state, Charlottesville, VA, is a growing city with quite an enviable lifestyle. The area’s more than 47,000 residents can’t get enough of its wineries and breweries, rave-worthy dining options and diverse arts scene.
Here, you’ll find everything from outdoor murals and sculptures to galleries, performing art shows (a performance by the Charlottesville Opera will give you chills), live music and much more.
In addition, community engagement opportunities are high in Charlottesville, making it one of the best places to live in the U.S. For example, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation utilizes the arts to help drive social connections and positive change.
Oh, and amazing career options abound here, as the area is home to strong education, medical services, manufacturing and life sciences sectors.
And as for outdoor recreation, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible outside. The area offers nearly 6 miles of paved and approximately 30 miles of nature trails.
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