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 Growth Rate
201748,0197331.55%
201647,2868101.74%
201546,4769011.98%
201445,5754941.10%
201345,0814801.08%
201244,6017661.75%
201143,8353460.80%
201043,489-1,560-3.46%
200045,0494,70811.67%
199040,3414251.06%
198039,9161,0362.66%
197038,8809,45332.12%
196029,4273,45813.32%
195025,9696,56933.86%
194019,4004,15527.25%
193015,2454,55742.64%
192010,6883,92357.99%
19106,7653164.90%
19006,44985815.35%
18905,5912,915108.93%
18802,676-162-5.71%
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

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Charlottesville Median Age

30.3


Total

29.8


Male

30.7


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 40,528 adults in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Age Dependency

33.3

Age Dependency Ratio

12.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

20.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Charlottesville Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.2
Houses Without Mortgage
2,448
Houses With Mortgage
5,131
Vacancy Rate
10.7
Median Rent
1,030
Median Home Value
280,100
Renter-Occupied Units
10,401
Owner-Occupied Units
7,579
Total Housing Units
20,134

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Charlottesville for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 2.5% and the labor force participation rate is 64.2%.

Charlottesville Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.39
Average Family Size
2.97
Total Households
17980
Married Couple Households
5813
Male Householder (no wife) Families
633
Female Householder (no husband) Families
1945
Non Family Households
9589
Total Families
8391
Households With Own Children
3982
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
5.8
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.5

Charlottesville Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
2,489
$10,000 to $14,999
834
$15,000 to $24,999
1,744
$25,000 to $34,999
1,506
$35,000 to $49,999
2,321
$50,000 to $74,999
2,729
$75,000 to $99,999
1,998
$100,000 to $149,999
2,411
$150,000 to $199,999
830
Over $200,000
1,118

Charlottesville Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Charlottesville

Virginia

$50,727

$66,149

$73,526

$90,881

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Charlottesville Education Data

Charlottesville Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
1,1704.10%
9th to 12th Grade
1,5915.58%
High School Graduate
6,16821.62%
Some College
4,19314.70%
Associates Degree
1,1323.97%
Bachelors Degree
6,73623.61%
Graduate Degree
7,54026.43%