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Charlottesville, Virginia metropolitan area

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The Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area is a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the Piedmont region of the Commonwealth of Virginia as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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MSA components

Note: Since a constitutional change in 1871, all cities in the state are independent cities. The OMB considers these independent cities to be county-equivalents for the purpose of defining MSAs in Virginia.

There are five counties and one independent city that contribute to the Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area.[1]


Places with more than 40,000 inhabitants

Places with 1,000 to 10,000 inhabitants

Places with less than 1,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated places


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 174,021 people, 67,575 households, and 42,840 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 80.77% White, 14.07% African American, 0.16% Native American, 2.68% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.23% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $42,166, and the median income for a family was $50,225. Males had a median income of $32,974 versus $26,579 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $21,574.


Presidential election results
Year Republican Democratic Others
1960 54.1% 8,897 45.0% 7,404 0.9% 149
1964 46.6% 10,023 52.9% 11,370 0.5% 98
1968 48.4% 13.012 30.0% 8,030 21.7% 5,841
1972 61.6% 19,222 36.7% 11,452 1.8% 551
1976 49.9% 19,664 48.9% 18,892 2.2% 872
1980 48.2% 21,504 42.4% 18,918 9.6% 4,213
1984 59.3% 28,642 40.2% 19.142 0.5% 247
1988 54.6% 28,117 44.2% 22,767 1.3% 653
1992 41.4% 25,834 45.9% 28,644 12.7% 7,979
1996 45.0% 27,115 48.0% 28,903 6.9% 4,178
2000 48.7% 33,575 45.7% 32,129 6.4% 4,524
2004 47.4% 39,928 51.5% 43,374 1.2% 909
2008 39.6% 39,701 59.2% 59,247 1.2% 1,208
2012 42.3% 47,904 56.0% 63,371 1.7% 1,908
2016 36.8% 43,293 56.7% 66,747 6.8% 7,952

The Charlottesville metropolitan area leans Democratic. Similar to other college towns, Charlottesville is a Democratic stronghold. Albermarle leans Democratic, paralleling the entire region, since it houses urban, suburban, exurban, and rural pockets. Fluvanna and Greene are Republican strongholds as they are composed of suburban, exurban, and rural areas, which vote more conservative than their urban counterparts. Although Buckingham and Nelson are almost entirely rural, they are the most moderate jurisdictions in the region, voting for the Democratic nominee Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections and the Republican nominee Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, respectively.

The entire region is located in Virginia's 5th congressional district, represented by Republican Denver Riggleman. The district has a Cook PVI of R+6.

See also


  1. ^ "Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Components" (TXT). Metropolitan statistical areas and metropolitan divisions defined by the Office of Management and Budget, November 2007. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  2. ^ Esmont, Virginia
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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