Charlottesville, Virginia Population 2020

49,449
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Charlottesville is a city located in Virginia. With a 2020 population of 49,449, it is the 14th largest city in Virginia and the 801st largest city in the United States. Charlottesville is currently growing at a rate of 1.37% annually and its population has increased by 13.74% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 43,475 in 2010. Spanning over 10 miles, Charlottesville has a population density of 4,827 people per square mile.

The average household income in Charlottesville is $85,664 with a poverty rate of 24.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,118 per month, and the median house value is $283,800. The median age in Charlottesville is 31.3 years, 30.6 years for males, and 32.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.3 males.

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: 70.42%
  • Black or African American: 18.75%
  • Asian: 7.15%
  • Two or more races: 2.97%
  • Other race: 0.36%
  • Native American: 0.31%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Charlottesville, Virginia is 49,449, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 48,117.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 43,475.

Charlottesville, Virginia Population 2020

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020238,5241,6460.69%
2019236,8781,6460.69%
2018235,2321,6460.70%
2017233,5862,6361.13%
2016230,9502,3281.01%
2015228,6222,4831.09%
2014226,1392,2260.98%
2013223,9131,3140.59%
2012222,5991,7890.80%
2011220,8101,8320.83%
2010218,9780.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White33,12870.42%
Black or African American8,82018.75%
Asian3,3627.15%
Two or More Races1,3952.97%
Some Other Race1690.36%
American Indian and Alaska Native1450.31%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander230.05%
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Charlottesville Population Pyramid 2020

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Charlottesville Median Age

31.3


Total

30.6


Male

32.2


Female

Charlottesville Adults

There are 39,657 adults, (5,039 of whom are seniors) in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Age Dependency

35.9

Age Dependency Ratio

14.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Charlottesville Sex Ratio

Female

24,212

51.47%

Male

22,830

48.53%

Charlottesville Households and Families

Charlottesville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Charlottesville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68.4%31.6%
All43.2%56.8%
Male42%58%
Female32.9%67.1%
Non Family30.7%69.3%

43.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All18,6132.3743.2
Non Family9,9691.7630.7
Married5,8153.0768.4
Female2,0223.0732.9
Male8073.1842

2.95

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

5.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Charlottesville Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1733.89%
9th to 12th Grade1,5555.16%
High School Graduate5,62218.66%
Some College4,61815.33%
Associates Degree1,3104.35%
Bachelors Degree7,63825.35%
Graduate Degree8,20927.25%
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Charlottesville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White21,05620,02613,432
Black5,6334,530553
Asian1,6821,4461,200
Hispanic1,278968381
Multiple Races499450291
Other Race776829
Native American49492
Islander111111

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,295$45,417$36,737
Less Than High School$28,489$31,731$18,645
High School Grad$27,198$29,471$25,921
Some College$30,381$39,019$25,060
Bachelors Degree$44,459$51,205$41,263
Graduate Degree$60,557$73,658$55,417

$41,295

Average Earnings

$45,417

Average Male

$36,737

Average Female

Charlottesville Language

Charlottesville Language by Age

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Charlottesville Language

83.39% of Charlottesville residents speak only English, while 16.61% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.00% of the population.

Charlottesville Poverty

Charlottesville Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White29,5436,21121.02%
Black8,5642,64330.86%
Asian2,6091,07141.05%
Hispanic2,30658325.28%
Multiple1,28543433.77%
Other1572616.56%
Native13521.48%

24.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.75%

Male Poverty Rate

25.46%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charlottesville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charlottesville is Asian, with 41.05% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Charlottesville is Native, with 1.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.32%. Among those working part-time, it was 39.19%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 44.89%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.29%
High School20.92%
Some College16.43%
Bachelors or Greater8.19%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed57.17%
Male Unemployed20.96%
Female Employed15.92%
Male Employed9.10%

Charlottesville Income

Charlottesville Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$58,933$85,664
Families$80,107$110,514
Married Families$104,109-
Non Families$43,878$61,086
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Charlottesville Marital Status

Charlottesville Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

31.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.6%

Male Marriage Rate

30.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Charlottesville Married by Age and Sex

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Charlottesville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Charlottesville Marital Status by Race

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Charlottesville Veterans

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1,753

Number of Veterans

1,607

Male Veterans

146

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam506
Second Gulf War359
First Gulf War274
Korea165
World War II69
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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74522
75+452
55 to 64324
35 to 54248
18 to 34207
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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,3714.80%
Black3725.43%
Hispanic442.57%
2 or More101.07%

Charlottesville Veterans by Education

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8.56%

Veteran Poverty Rate

18.37%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charlottesville Employment Status

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63.8%

Labor Force Participation

60.8%

Employment Rate

4.1%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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47.99%

Born in Virginia

87.24%

Native Born

12.76%

Foreign Born

8.20%

Non Citizen

4.56%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.24% of Charlottesville residents were born in the United States, with 47.99% having been born in Virginia. 8.20% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202049,4496661.37%
201948,7836661.38%
201848,1172150.45%
201747,9026661.41%
201647,2368031.73%
201546,4339112.00%
201445,5225091.13%
201345,0134330.97%
201244,5808221.88%
201143,7582950.68%
201043,463-1,586-0.36%
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%