Charlottesville, Va.

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Set in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers the entertainment and diversity of a larger city. Home to the University of Virginia, Charlottesville has innovation levels above average. Students can get around easily, especially thanks to shuttles and a pedestrian downtown area. A student must is hitting up “The Corner” for pubs and late-night pizza. Music enthusiasts should note, this Southern city is known as the home to Dave Matthews and where he started his band.

#11 Charlottesville, Va.

POPULATION: 227,179
STUDENTS: 26,327
RANKING DETAIL:
#9 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#7 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#9 CITY ACCESS
#9 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#15 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#3 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#16 LABOR FORCE
#13 INNOVATION
#11 RENT

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