Charlottesville, Virginia Population 2024

44,281

Charlottesville is a city located in Albemarle County, Fluvanna County, and Charlottesville city Virginia. Charlottesville has a 2024 population of 44,281. It is also the county seat of Albemarle County. Charlottesville is currently declining at a rate of -1.22% annually and its population has decreased by -4.7% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 46,465 in 2020.

The average household income in Charlottesville is $104,674 with a poverty rate of 23.6%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Charlottesville is 32.4 years, 31.9 years for males, and 33.1 years for females.

Charlottesville has a long history that is very interesting, serving as the home for two U.S. presidents. 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.

Charlottesville Diversity and Professional Life

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, the 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.

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 significant 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, 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Charlottesville was:

  • White: 68.52%
  • Black or African American: 17.16%
  • Asian: 6.99%
  • Two or more races: 5.93%
  • Other race: 1.25%
  • Native American: 0.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
10.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
4,322.10/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-4.7% (-2,184)
The current population of Charlottesville, Virginia is 44,281 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 46,465.

Charlottesville, Virginia Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White31,71668.52%
Black or African American7,94517.16%
Asian3,2376.99%
Two or more races2,7445.93%
Other race5771.25%
Native American700.15%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Black or African American

Asian

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Charlottesville Population by Race

Charlottesville Population Pyramid 2024

Charlottesville Median Age

32.4

Total

31.9

Male

33.1

Female

Charlottesville Adults

There are 39,089 adults, (5,853 of whom are seniors) in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Age Dependency

39.3

Age Dependency Ratio

17.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Charlottesville Sex Ratio

Female23,76151.33%
Male22,52848.67%

Charlottesville Population by Age

Charlottesville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All19,5112.2242.357.7
Non Family10,7061.6327.472.6
Married6,2402.8668.731.3
Female1,8723.2336.763.3
Male6932.9150.849.2

2.88

Average Family Size

2.22

Average Household Size

42.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Charlottesville Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9083.09%
9th to 12th Grade1,4514.93%
High School Graduate4,62115.71%
Some College3,62712.33%
Associates Degree1,4705%
Bachelors Degree8,24128.02%
Graduate Degree9,09830.93%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Charlottesville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Charlottesville Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White20,48619,59214,386
Black5,0934,143858
2+ Races1,3901,354703
Hispanic1,2861,112618
Asian1,284995805
Other Race323323236
Native American533721

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 73.07%.

Charlottesville Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$50,281$54,220$46,639
Less Than 9th Grade$24,078$29,638$21,737
High School Graduate$31,020$27,300$33,972
Some College$35,561$35,500$35,600
Bachelors Degree$56,400$63,798$52,367
Graduate Degree$75,841$97,983$65,395

$50,281

Average Earnings

$54,220

Average Male

$46,639

Average Female

Charlottesville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Charlottesville Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Charlottesville Language

86.39% of Charlottesville residents speak only English, while 13.61% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 4.21% of the population.

Charlottesville Language

Charlottesville Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White28,8115,51319.14%
Black7,6172,56633.69%
Asian2,4531,00641.01%
Hispanic2,50361324.49%
Multiple2,52654621.62%
Other57314024.43%
Native703752.86%

23.6%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.07%

Male Poverty Rate

25.09%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charlottesville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charlottesville is Native, with 52.86% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Charlottesville is White, with 19.14% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.15%. Among those working part-time, it was 34.02%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 42.18%.

Charlottesville Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.6%
High School19%
Some College14.84%
Bachelors or Greater7.69%

Charlottesville Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed60.58%
Male Unemployed30.46%
Female Employed15.07%
Male Employed8.38%

Charlottesville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Charlottesville Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$67,177$104,674
Families$105,994$149,460
Married Families$136,696$-999,999,999
Non Families$43,037$65,890

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Charlottesville Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

33.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.1%

Male Marriage Rate

31.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Charlottesville Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Charlottesville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Charlottesville Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Charlottesville Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,541

Number of Veterans

1,421

Male Veterans

120

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam692
First Gulf War379
Second Gulf War292
Korea113
World War II4

Charlottesville Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 74489
35 to 54366
75+323
55 to 64277
18 to 3486

Charlottesville Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1,2604.58%
Black2193.56%
2+ Races482.6%
Hispanic422.26%
Other Race143.01%

Charlottesville Veterans by Race

Charlottesville Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

4.28%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.63%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charlottesville Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

64%

Labor Force Participation

60.5%

Employment Rate

5.1%

Unemployment Rate

Charlottesville Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Charlottesville Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Charlottesville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

48.47%

Born in Charlottesville

90.02%

Native Born

9.98%

Foreign Born

5.99%

Non Citizen

3.99%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.02% of Charlottesville residents were born in the United States, with 48.47% having been born in Virginia. 5.99% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Charlottesville Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202941,551-546-1.3%
202842,097-546-1.28%
202742,643-546-1.26%
202643,189-546-1.25%
202543,735-546-1.23%
202444,281-546-1.22%
202344,827-546-1.2%
202245,373-357-0.78%
202145,730-735-1.58%
202046,465-818-1.73%
201947,283-138-0.29%
201847,421-35-0.07%
201747,4564801.02%
201646,9766191.34%
201546,3577951.74%
201445,5625101.13%
201345,0524420.99%
201244,6108301.9%
201143,7803130.72%
201043,467-1,582-3.51%
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%
19106,7653164.9%
19006,44985815.35%
18905,5912,915108.93%
18802,676-162-5.71%
18702,83800%
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Charlottesville Population by Year