Best Places to Live

Charlottesville, VA

Population: 49,262
Court Square in Charlottesville, VA.

Courtesy of Bob Mical under a CC 4.0 license.

The Innovation Laboratory on the University of Virginia (UVA) campus plays a big role in the entrepreneurial success of Charlottesville. UVA alumni founded startups like Lending Tree and Reddit. Organizations like Community Investment Collaborative and the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council also assist business development throughout the city. Named one of our 100 Best Places to Live in 2016, Charlottesville offers business owners far more than just an excellent startup environment.

Business Growth (2011-2015): 5%

Employment Growth (2011-2015): 10%