Charlottesville, Virginia – Retirement Guide

Charlottesville, Virginia   Retirement Guide

Charlottesville paints the perfect picture of an idyllic, Southern college town. Home to University of Virginia, the town is filled with cultural attractions like an annual opera festival, bookstores, cafes and theater groups, as well as a fun and fervent fandom for the university’s sports teams. Retirees with a penchant for learning can take classes at UVA’s Osher Lifelong Learning Center which offers courses on topics such as film, literature, retirement planning and history.

Outdoor enthusiasts can walk or bike along trails in Shenandoah National Park, hike the Appalachian Trail or road trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains, while history buffs can tour Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate or visit the homes of former Presidents James Madison and James Monroe. Additionally, many golf courses are nearby, and food and wine lovers will be pleased to discover Charlottesville lies in the midst of one of Virginia’s finest wine-producing regions.

Retirees hoping to meet other locals can visit Charlottesville’s Senior Center, which offers an enormous number of special programs and interest groups, including crafts, travel and performing arts. The Center also helps seniors find volunteer opportunities in the community.

Pros: College town, in proximity to golfing, parks, wineries, active cultural district
Con: Winters can be snowy near mountains

At a Glance
Best For: College town seekers and history buffs
Population: 43,511
Cost of Living: 3.8% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $245,000
Unemployment: 5.5%
Top State Income Tax: 5.75%
Crime Rate: 17.4% lower than national average

Charlottesville also boasts a desirable climate for retirees, with generally mild weather and warm summers; winters near the mountains can get cold and snowy. The town’s cost of living is also 3.8 percent below the national average, and median home prices are approximately $245,000. A number of retirement and 55+ communities can be found throughout the region. The town also has a renowned medical center at University of Virginia.

Top Retirement Cities in Virginia:  Charlottesville

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