Charlottesville, Virginia Population 2021

46,786
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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: 70.59%
  • Black or African American: 18.78%
  • Asian: 7.06%
  • Two or more races: 2.86%
  • Other race: 0.39%
  • Native American: 0.24%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Charlottesville, Virginia is 46,786based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 47,506.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 43,475.

Charlottesville, Virginia Population 2021

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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021221,1751,2800.58%
2020219,8951,2800.58%
2019218,6151,2800.59%
2018217,3351,2310.57%
2017216,1042,4291.12%
2016213,6752,1811.02%
2015211,4942,3071.09%
2014209,1872,4321.16%
2013206,7551,2230.59%
2012205,5321,9150.93%
2011203,6171,7260.85%
2010201,8910.00%

Charlottesville Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White33,24770.59%
Black or African American8,84418.78%
Asian3,3277.06%
Two or More Races1,3462.86%
Some Other Race1860.39%
American Indian and Alaska Native1150.24%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander310.07%
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Charlottesville Population By Race

Charlottesville Population Pyramid 2021

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Charlottesville Median Age

31.6


Total

30.9


Male

32.5


Female

Charlottesville Adults

There are 39,728 adults, (5,326 of whom are seniors) in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Age Dependency

36.9

Age Dependency Ratio

15.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Charlottesville Sex Ratio

Mujer

24,308

51.61%

Masculino

22,788

48.39%

Charlottesville Population by Age

Charlottesville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Charlottesville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.3%30.7%
Masculino47%53%
All42.8%57.2%
Mujer37.9%62.1%
Non Family28.5%71.5%

42.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Charlottesville Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All18,6172.3742.8
Non Family10,1501.7828.5
Married5,7683.0369.3
Mujer1,9933.1737.9
Masculino7063.2147

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Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

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Charlottesville Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1353.74%
9th to 12th Grade1,5585.13%
High School Graduate5,01416.52%
Some College4,80315.82%
Associates Degree1,1673.84%
Bachelors Degree8,04126.49%
Graduate Degree8,63828.46%
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Charlottesville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Charlottesville Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White21,20920,20314,097
Black5,7104,542648
Asian1,6381,3471,158
Hispanic1,2301,061452
2+ Races608563334
Other Race665729
Native American56425
Islander666

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 100.00%.

Charlottesville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$43,013$46,194$37,860
Less Than 9th Grade$20,820$31,371$18,739
High School Graduate$25,571$30,104$21,958
Some College$32,002$37,559$28,573
Bachelors Degree$46,699$53,718$44,332
Graduate Degree$61,419$77,140$55,804

$43,013

Average Earnings

$46,194

Average Male

$37,860

Average Female

Charlottesville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Charlottesville Language by Age

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Charlottesville Language

84.31% of Charlottesville residents speak only English, while 15.69% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 4.79% of the population.

Charlottesville Language

Charlottesville Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White29,4405,87819.97%
Black8,5162,49929.34%
Asian2,5781,00839.10%
Hispanic2,36983335.16%
Multiple1,26344235.00%
Other1772011.30%
Native10254.90%

24.09%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.62%

Male Poverty Rate

25.47%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charlottesville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charlottesville is Asian, with 39.10% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Charlottesville is Native, with 4.90% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.45%. Among those working part-time, it was 36.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 45.07%.

Charlottesville Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.98%
High School24.97%
Some College15.49%
Bachelors or Greater7.90%

Charlottesville Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed63.57%
Male Unemployed22.50%
Female Employed15.37%
Male Employed9.08%

Charlottesville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Charlottesville Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$59,471$93,251
Families$89,688$125,986
Married Families$110,606-
Non Families$44,215$63,966
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Income by Household Type

Charlottesville Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

31.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.9%

Male Marriage Rate

29.7%

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 Marital Status

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1,677

Number of Veterans

1,509

Male Veterans

168

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam533
Second Gulf War366
First Gulf War273
Korea184
World War II61

Charlottesville Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+476
65 to 74441
55 to 64315
35 to 54280
18 to 34165

Charlottesville Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,2384.32%
Black4266.24%
Hispanic412.36%
2+ Races131.34%

Charlottesville Veterans by Race

Charlottesville Veterans by Education

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8.51%

Veteran Poverty Rate

19.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charlottesville Veterans by Education

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64.5%

Labor Force Participation

61.4%

Employment Rate

4.2%

Unemployment Rate

Charlottesville Employment by Age

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Charlottesville Employment by Race

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Charlottesville Employment by Education

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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48.41%

Born in Charlottesville

87.77%

Native Born

12.23%

Foreign Born

7.32%

Non Citizen

4.92%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.77% of Charlottesville residents were born in the United States, with 48.41% having been born in Virginia. 7.32% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Charlottesville Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202146,786-240-0.51%
202047,026-240-0.51%
201947,266-240-0.51%
201847,506430.09%
201747,4635201.11%
201646,9436421.39%
201546,3017831.72%
201445,5185061.12%
201345,0124320.97%
201244,5808191.87%
201143,7613000.69%
201043,461-1,588-0.36%
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%

Charlottesville Population by Year