Becoming a Local
N ewcomer ’ s S pecial S ection
How It All Started
Charlottesville, named for Queen Charlotte Sophia of England and founded in 1762, is an inspiring setting to call home. Charlotte was also known as the wife of King George III, the object of scorn by Thomas Jefferson and others during the American Revolution. The University of Virginia officially opened in March of 1825 and Charlottesville officially became a city in 1888. Albemarle County’s historic roots extend equally as far, having been founded in 1744 and named in honor of William Anne van Keppel, the second Earl of Albemarle and the Governor General of the county from 1734 to 1735. One reason Charlottesville has so many transplanted residents is that it’s a small city — according to the U.S. Census Bureau, at around 10.3 square miles, with an estimated 46,912 residents — but it has the trappings of a big one. Covering about 721 square miles, the county’s population is more than double that of the city, at an estimated 106,878. With stunning views, rolling vineyards, quaint towns, historic inns and more, there is much to explore in the county. The city is one of few in the state with a triple-A Bond rating from two national reporting agencies and was recently ranked one of the top cities in the country to do business. Check out the Charlottesville Wine & Country Living magazine to explore how to make the most out of life here.
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