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5 Reasons to Call Central Virginia Home

From booming businesses to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Central Virginia is the ideal place to grow. 

By Livability on October 19, 2022

The downtown mall in Charlottesville, part of the Central Virginia region, is a pet friendly, car-free shopping and dining area that has lots to offer including live music every Friday evening.
Melody Robbins

1. Enjoy a Great Location (and Mountains!)

Central Virginia provides a strategic location, bordered on the west by the Blue Ridge Mountains, while the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange, and the city of Charlottesville are well clustered in the geographic center of Virginia. That location gives residents a convenient gateway to cities like D.C., New York City and Philadelphia.

2. Get Business Done

This region is pro-business and inviting to companies. Tech companies like Equinix, Inc. and WillowTree are experiencing great success, and so are significant manufacturers such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Klockner Pentaplast and Northrop Grumman. Central Virginia also has a robust craft beverage industry, led by success stories such as Blue Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Distillery, and Devils Backbone Brewery.

3. Find the Good Life

Central Virginia is known for quality-of-life assets, with something everyone can enjoy. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Trail grace the region’s borders and activities for individuals and families in Central Virginia, ranging from sophisticated cultural events to outdoor recreation to Division I college sports. In addition, the region has a low cost of living, a temperate year-round climate, quaint downtowns and robust nightlife options.

4. Hire a Top-Notch Workforce

Higher education institutions in the area educate more than 39,000 students a year, and colleges and universities provide businesses with vast opportunities to train workers in advanced skills that match in-demand jobs. The University of VirginiaGermanna Community College and Piedmont Virginia Community College serve the region. The labor pool is projected to grow by 5% by 2027.

5. Go Anywhere Easily

Residents and truckers have access to Interstate 64 and four U.S. highways that connect Central Virginia to I-66, I-81 and I-95. Air travelers have the convenience of Charlottesville Albemarle Airport and four general aviation facilities. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak, and companies that ship cargo can use CSX, Norfolk Southern and Buckingham Branch Railroad, as well as the Port of Virginia and the Virginia Inland Port at Front Royal.

If you’d like to learn more about the Central Virginia area, check out the latest edition of Livability: Central Virginia

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