Charlottesville, Virginia: One of America’s Friendliest Cities
Charlottesville was recently ranked by real estate website Movoto as one of America’s 10 Friendliest Small Cities. Out of the ten small cities ranked, Charlottesville came in 2nd, surpassed only by San Luis Obispo, California.
Of course, we are partial to the charm of our historic and beautiful community, and we are pleased that Charlottesville, Virginia real estate is getting the praise that it deserves. While we’ve never been to San Luis Obispo, we like to think that Charlottesville is one of a kind when it comes to history, natural beauty, culture, recreation, and of course, friendliness.
Movoto took a number of factors into consideration when making their decision. Using data to analyze the “friendliest” small cities is an interesting concept, and while we agree completely with their assessment of Charlottesville, we were curious which factors contributed to their justification. Using seven measurable criteria, Movoto weeded out cities with high crime rates, safety being one of the clearest cut ways to determine how friendly a community may be as a whole. But aside from crime rates, how does one quantify friendliness?
Living in Charlottesville, it’s easy to see why our charming town made the list. Walking through Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, stopping into local shops and eateries where you are hard pressed to find someone greet you with anything less than a smile, Charlottesville is certainly a warm and welcoming community.
Aside from crime rate, Movoto took into consideration an interesting variety of factors. “Percentage of income donated to charity” is a surefire way to judge the generosity of a place, and Charlottesville made the cut, giving on average 4.6 percent of their income to charity each year.
Other factors include less obvious criteria such as number of “flower and gift stores per capita” and “card and stationary stores per capita” – reasoning that the demand for gifts and tokens of admiration and generosity are markers of a gracious and welcoming community. Similarly, “bars per capita” and “farmers’ markets per capita” foretell friendliness because of their importance to social interaction. While bars are classic socializing hotspots, farmers’ markets with their open airy atmosphere are ideal places for neighbors to mingle, connect and interact.
But one of the most interesting pieces of data that Movoto consulted in their research has little to do with human interaction at all. In a digital world, it seems only fitting that a town’s social impact include its social media presence. Towns with the most “Facebook Likes” were deemed friendlier, reasoning that making digital friends is an indication of likeability and overall friendliness.
Charlottesville especially stood out when it came to flower shops, gift shops and farmers’ markets, which will come as no surprise to Charlottesville residents who are familiar with the friendly shops and weekly farmers’ markets that populate the area. Charlottesville is a one-of-a-kind city, and its friendly residents and tight-knit community make it an ideal place to live. If you are thinking about making a move to Charlottesville, you will be welcomed to our city with a smile. The Charlottesville, Virginia Realtors at Frank Hardy, Inc. have an affinity for the area that extends far past their profession. If you are in the market for Charlottesville, VA real estate, contact us today.