Charlottesville, VA

This City was Ranked the Happiest in Virginia

Ash Jurberg

City of Happiness: This City Celebrates Ranking as Virginia's Happiest

What are the happiest cities in the United States? That was the question the researchers at the travel, sports, and fitness magazine Outside wanted to answer.

To determine this, they compared cities across five criteria, including "outdoor access for all, affordability, a safe environment, diversity, and freedom for residents to be who they are," to come up with their list of happiest places to live.

They listed the fifteen happiest places in the United States, with one city in Virginia making the list.

Charlottesville was ranked as the fifth happiest city in the United States and the happiest in Virginia.

Charlottesville Statistics

Population: 45,373
Median Home Price: $456,000
Median Rental Price: $1,487
Percentage Parkland: 10
Percentage of Residents Who Live Within a Ten-Minute Walk of a Park: 84
Walk Score: 58
Bike Score: 79
Municipal Equality Index Score: 79
Demographics: 65% white; 18% Black; 7% Asian; 6% Latino; 4% other

The report states:

"There are ample jobs here, thanks to the University of Virginia and a vibrant startup culture, and the city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, just 2.7 percent. The university helps attract highly educated professionals—roughly 30 percent of Charlottesville’s populace has a graduate degree. Entrepreneurs have access to incubators and investment opportunities, such as microloans from the Community Investment Collaborative, which has helped launch businesses as varied as hair salons and camps for kids"

As for the happiest city in the United States? The report ranked Reno in Nevada as the happiest in the nation.

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