Charlottesville Among Nation’s 10 ‘Best College Towns’

University of Virginia and the UVA Health System.

By Dan Heuchert (Reprinted from UVA Today)

Livability.com has named Charlottesville the 10th-best college town in America in its “2018 10 Best College Towns” rankings announced earlier this month.

The website first identified all U.S. cities with a population between 20,000 and 350,000 and at least one college campus. The editors then scored that pool of 203 cities using four factors: the ratio of the city’s median salary to its July 2018 median one-bedroom rent (weighted 30 percent); the percentage of the population age 20 to 29 (30 percent); the number of jobs in the education sector per 1,000 jobs in the city (20 percent); and the ratio of the median salary in the city to the nation for education jobs (20 percent).

In the announcement, the Charlottesville area was praised for its deep historical roots, unparalleled academics and athletics and the culture surrounding the city, citing specifically the outdoor recreation opportunities, Monticello Wine Trail and craft breweries and orchards.

The complete list is found here.

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