Charlottesville, Virginia Population 2018

Charlottesville is a city located in the state of Virginia. Though it is an independent city, it serves as the county seat for Albemarle County. The city has a long history that is also very interesting, serving as the home for two U.S. presidents. Charlottesville has experienced growth not just in its population, which was last estimated at 46,912 people, but tourists that visit each year.

Charlottesville History

The Monasukapanough people were inhabiting what is now Charlottesville when the Europeans arrived. Charlottesville was officially established in 1762. The city saw significant growth because of its location along what is now Route 250.

The Civil War had significant impacts on the state of Virginia but Charlottesville remained relatively unharmed. The only major damage occurred when the Charlottesville Factory was burned down on accident and was rebuilt right away. In the years that followed, the city had many notable events that occurred. The city has a strong religious history, including the introduction of the first black church in the city in the mid-1800s and being the home of the oldest synagogue in Virginia.

Another notable fact about Charlottesville is that it was home to Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Each of these former presidents served as Governor of Virginia and lived in Charlottesville during this time. The city is also home to the University of Virginia. This university, which was founded by Thomas Jefferson, has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today, the city is home to many large companies and corporations, including the National Radio Astronomy Headquarters, GE, PepsiCo and Crutchfield, just to name a few. It also has seven breweries that employ many people in and out of Charlottesville. The city has many attractions including Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, Shenandoah National Park, and events including wine tours and the Virginia Film Festival.

Charlottesville Demographics

Charlottesville’s population is estimated to be 46,912 people. The city is just over 10 square miles, giving it a population density of 4,599 people per square mile. The population of Charlottesville is often combined with the County of Albemarle population for statistical purposes and has a total population of about 150,000 people.

The city’s population is primarily white, making up over 69% of the total population. Close to 20% of Charlottesville’s inhabitants are black, 6.4% are Asian and over 5% are Hispanic or Latino of any race. The biggest age group is 25 to 44, which makes up almost 29% of the population. Over 9% of the population is at least 65 years old, while nearly 15% are under 18. About 27% of the population lives below the federal property line. About 20% of residents in the city hold a graduate or professional degree. Charlottesville’s crime rate exceeds the national average.

Eighty-two percent of the employees in Charlottesville commute from other areas, with about 42% residing within Albemarle County. Over 11,000 Charlottesville residents go outside of the city for work. The largest employer is the University of Virginia Medical Center. The city and UVA Health Services Foundation also are major employers, providing jobs to thousands of people.

Charlottesville Population Growth

Charlottesville’s population grew significantly during its earliest years through the 1970s. However, growth slowed considerably in the 1980s and 1990s before declining slightly at the time of the 2000 census. However, by the next 10-year census, population was on the upswing once again. The most recent estimates show that the population has grown by almost 8% since the last census, putting Charlottesville on the path to soon hitting 50,000 residents.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201748,0197331.55%
201647,2868101.74%
201546,4769011.98%
201445,5754941.10%
201345,0814801.08%
201244,6017661.75%
201143,8353460.80%
201043,489-1,560-0.35%
200045,0494,7081.11%
199040,3414250.11%
198039,9161,0360.26%
197038,8809,4532.82%
196029,4273,4581.26%
195025,9696,5692.96%
194019,4004,1552.44%
193015,2454,5573.62%
192010,6883,9234.68%
19106,7653160.48%
19006,4498581.44%
18905,5912,9157.65%
18802,676-162-0.59%
18702,8380.00%

Charlottesville Population in 2018Source: By Mark Lagola (original) and Ben Lunsford (this version) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White32,001
Black or African American8,501
Asian3,164
Two or More Races1,467
Some Other Race176
American Indian and Alaska Native163
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander66

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Charlottesville Population Pyramid 2018

0%5%10%15%20% Male Population0%5%10%15%20% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Charlottesville Median Age

30.3


Total

29.8


Male

30.7


Female

Charlottesville Adults

There are 38,434 adults, (4,281 of which are seniors) in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Age Dependency

33.3

Age Dependency Ratio

12.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

20.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Charlottesville Sex Ratio

Female

23,481

51.56%

Male

22,057

48.44%

Charlottesville Households and Families

Charlottesville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Charlottesville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.3%33.7%
All42.2%57.8%
Female33%67%
Non Family30.4%69.6%
Male27.2%72.8%

42.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Charlottesville Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All17,9802.3942.2
Non Family9,5891.7830.4
Married5,8133.0366.3
Female1,9453.1233
Male6333.4627.2

2.97

Average Family Size

2.39

Average Household Size

5.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Charlottesville Households

Charlottesville Education

Charlottesville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1704.10%
9th to 12th Grade1,5915.58%
High School Graduate6,16821.62%
Some College4,19314.70%
Associates Degree1,1323.97%
Bachelors Degree6,73623.61%
Graduate Degree7,54026.43%

Charlottesville Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White19,98419,02312,129
Black5,2974,127379
Asian1,4771,265957
Hispanic1,189838427
Multiple Races470431306
Other Race965818
Native American885129
Islander555537

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 67.27%.

Charlottesville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,402$40,296$32,585
Less Than High School$19,907$24,000$18,192
High School Grad$26,672$26,846$26,437
Some College$29,904$36,861$25,265
Bachelors Degree$43,326$47,205$40,220
Graduate Degree$55,060$65,706$51,727

$36,402

Average Earnings

$40,296

Average Male

$32,585

Average Female

Charlottesville Language

Charlottesville Language by Age

Charlottesville Language

85.04% of Charlottesville residents speak only English, while 14.96% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.66% of the population.

Charlottesville Poverty

Charlottesville Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White28,6926,56422.88%
Black8,1852,50530.60%
Asian2,5411,22448.17%
Multiple1,39943130.81%
Hispanic2,16440918.90%
Islander663756.06%
Other1643320.12%
Native1562214.10%

25.90%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.02%

Male Poverty Rate

26.73%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charlottesville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charlottesville is Islander, with 56.06% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Charlottesville is Native, with 14.10% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.92%. Among those working part-time, it was 40.24%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 47.51%.

Charlottesville Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.06%
High School22.78%
Some College15.00%
Bachelors or Greater9.70%

Charlottesville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed53.85%
Male Unemployed34.07%
Female Employed17.31%
Male Employed10.44%

Charlottesville Income

Charlottesville Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,727$73,526
Families$72,855$96,442
Married Families$91,497$
Non Families$36,178$51,056

Charlottesville Marital Status

Charlottesville Marital Status

Marriage Rates

32.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.6%

Male Marriage Rate

30.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Charlottesville Married by Age and Sex

Charlottesville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Charlottesville Marital Status by Race

Charlottesville Veterans

Charlottesville Veterans by War

1,913

Number of Veterans

1,747

Male Veterans

166

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam585
First Gulf War424
Second Gulf War357
Korea170
World War II81

Charlottesville Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 74591
75+394
55 to 64380
35 to 54331
18 to 34217

Charlottesville Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White1,3274.79%
Black5518.37%
2 or More232.56%
Hispanic171.05%
Indian1210.53%

Charlottesville Veterans by Education

7.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

19.25%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charlottesville Employment Status

Charlottesville Employment by Age

64.2%

Labor Force Participation

61.4%

Employment Rate

3.9%

Unemployment Rate

Charlottesville Employment by Race

Charlottesville Employment by Education

Charlottesville Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

46.98%

Born in Virginia

87.85%

Native Born

12.15%

Foreign Born

8.92%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

87.85% of Charlottesville residents were born in the United States, with 46.98% having been born in Virginia. 8.92% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.