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Charlottesville Accolades

Charlottesville and Albemarle County are for winners!  As a destination full of scenic beauty, top culinary options and unique innovation, we often find ourselves at the top of lists.  We've been named everything from the "Best Place To Live In America" to "The Best Trail Running Town In The USA".  Don't believe us?  See for yourself below!

 Award/Accolade 

 Publication 

 Link

 Date

       

#10 Best Town in College Football

 Athlon Sports & Life

 http://athlonsports.com/college-football/expert-poll-ranking-best-towns-college-football

 2016

 

 6 Best Cities on  Instagram

 Livability   http://www.livability.com/topics/business-and-economy/the-6-best-cities-on-instagram  2016
 The 10 Hippest Mid-  Sized Cities in America  gogobot     https://www.gogobot.com/blog/2016/03/01/the-10-hippest-mid-sized-cities-in-america/  2016

 

 Five Great Places to  Visit in 2016

 

 Off Metro NY

 

 http://offmetro.com/ny/2016/01/04/places-to-visit-2016/

 

 2016
 10 U.S. Towns With  Incredible Christmas  Celebrations  Huffington Post  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fodors/10-us-towns-with-incredib_b_8683484.html  2015

 

 No. 12 Top Christmas  Destination in America

 

 Newsmax  http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/christmas-destinations-america-top/2015/12/01/id/704046/  2015
 8 Southern Cities for  Your Bucket List  Visit South  http://visitsouth.com/lifestyle/article/8-southern-cities-for-your-bucket-list  2015

 

 #2 Most Exciting City in  Virginia

 

 gogobot  http://www.gogobot.com/blog/2015/11/10/the-10-most-exciting-cities-in-virginia/  2015
 Top 10 Best Places to  Retire  Livability  http://www.livability.com/top-10/retirement/top-10-best-places-to-retire/2015  2015
 America's Best Fall  Foliage Road Trips  Travel Channel

 

 http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/fall/photos/americas-best-fall-foliage-road-trips

 

 2015

 

 Top 100 Best Places to  Live

 

 Livability  http://www.livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2016?page=2  2015

 #1 Most Beautiful College  Campus in America 

 Best College Reviews  http://www.bestcollegereviews.org/features/most-beautiful-college-campuses/  2015
 12 Cutest Small Towns in  America  The Huffington Post

 

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/purewow/the-12-cutest-small-towns_b_7841136.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

 

 2015
 The USA's 12 Best  Places For Book Lovers  The Culture Trip  http://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/articles/the-usa-s-12-best-places-for-book-lovers/?utm_source=emails&utm_medium=featured&utm_campaign=090615unitedstatesliterature

 

 2015
 7 Amazing Destination  Bike Rides: Road Edition  bikewagon  http://www.bikewagon.com/blog/7-amazing-destination-bike-rides-road-edition  2015

 

 #7 Best College Town in  America for Food and  Drink 

 Thrillist   

 https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-13-best-college-towns-in-america-for-food-and-118449337781.html

 

 2015

 5 Wine Regions With a  Unique Claim to Fame

 Trivago & The  Huffington  Post  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/trivago/us-wine-regions-with-a-un_b_7230260.html  2015

 

 22 Best Small Town  Family Weekend  Destinations

 

 Vacationidea.com  http://vacationidea.com/family/best-small-town-family-weekend-  destinations.html#slide5  2015
 The 9 Most Romantic  Cities In The South  The Huffington Post

 

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/10/most-romantic-cities-south_n_6723568.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

 

 2015

 

 Best Spring Marathons in  the U.S.

 

 Daily Burn

 http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/best-spring-marathons/ 

 2015

 

 #1 Most Beautiful College  in the South

 

 Best Colleges Online

  http://www.bestcollegesonline.org/30-most-beautiful-college-campuses-in-the-south/

 2015
 Best Places to Travel to  in 2015  Orbitz

 http://press.orbitz.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=251693&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2002619 

 2015

 

 5 Best College Towns  You'll Be Interested in  Moving To

 

 Examiner  http://www.examiner.com/article/5-best-college-towns-the-usa-you-ll-be-interested-moving-to  2014
 America's Best College  Towns - #3  Time Magazine  http://time.com/3596012/america-best-college-towns/  2014

 

 America's Best Towns for  the Holidays

 

 Travel + Leisure

  http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-towns-for-the-holidays/23

 2014

 Brightest Fall Foliage  Destinations in the  Country

 USA Today/10Best  http://experience.usatoday.com/weekend/story/my-weekend-experience/2014/10/22/10best-fall-foliage/17718179/  2014

 

 #9 Best College Town  Weekend 

 

 USA Today/10Best  http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-college-town-weekend/  2014
 10 College Towns We'd  Actually Want to Visit as  Adults  Conde Nast Traveler  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/conde-nast-traveler/10-college-towns-wed-actu_b_5979362.html  2014

 

 Top 3 MBA Schools in  the World

 

 The Economist  http://www.virginiabusiness.com/news/article/326843?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily  2014
 Virginia - Food Region of  2014  Esquire  http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/virginia-best-food-region-2014?src=soc_fcbks  2014

 #1 Fall Travel Destination

 betterRVing.com

 http://betterrving.com/fall-travel/

 2014

 Americas Most Iconic  College Campuses - #1

 Brandpoint

 http://www.jsonline.com/sponsoredarticles/travel/americas-most-iconic-college-campuses19574-272296951.html

 

 2014

 

 10 Best College Towns  2014

 Livability  http://livability.com/top-10/10-best-college-towns-2014  2014

 The 50 Best College  Towns in America

 Best College Reviews  http://www.bestcollegereviews.org/50-best-college-towns-america/  2014

 Top 100 Best Places to  Live

 Livability  http://livability.com/top-100-best-places-to-live  2014

 Happiest City in America

 Good Housekeeping  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/happiest-  cities-in-america  2014

 America's 5 New Foodie  Cities

 Wine Enthusiast 

 http://www.winemag.com/August-2014/Americas-New-Foodie-Cities/index.php/slide/Charlottesville--Virginia/cparticle/2

 2014
 #1 College Town in the  Country    Travelers Today

 http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/10584/20140630/top-5-college-towns-country-university-of-michigan-ann-arbor-ithaca-ithaca-college-cornell-university-boulder-uc-boulder-burlington-uvm-uva-charlottesville.htm

 2014
 #1 Most Exciting Place  in Virginia  Movoto

 http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/most-exciting-places-in-virginia/

 2014
 5 Destinations Every  American Should Visit      Luxury Travel  Magazine

 http://www.luxurytravelmagazine.com/news-articles/5-destinations-every-american-should-visit-21809.php

 2014
10 Hidden Gems Amoung U.S. College  Towns 

 Homeinsurance.com

 https://homeinsurance.com/blog/2014/06/17/10-hidden-gems-among-u-s-college-towns-2/  2014
 America's Favorite  Mountain Towns

 Travel & Leisure

 http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-favorite-mountain-towns/10

 2014
5 College Towns That  Offer Way More Than  Education

 FlipKey

 http://www.flipkey.com/blog/2014/05/20/street-smarts-5-college-towns-that-offer-way-more-than-education/  2014
 9 Southern Towns You're  Forgetting About But  Shouldn't  Huffington Post  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/9-southern-towns-you-nee_n_4985803.html  2014

 Happiest and Healthiest  Cities in America

 Business Insider

 http://www.businessinsider.com/happiest-cities-in-america-2014-3

 2014

 10 Best College Towns  in America

 Movoto  http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-college-towns/  2014
 America's 10 Friendliest  Small Cities  Movoto  http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/friendliest-small-cities/  2014
 Top 10 Cities for  Affordable Healthcare  Livability.com

 http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-cities-affordable-health-care/charlottesville/va

 2014
 Six Exciting Wine  Regions to Explore in  2014  Forbes  http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiebell/2014/02/11/six-exciting-wine-regions-to-explore-in-2014/  2014
 15 Best Spring  Marathons in the U.S.  Daily Burn

 http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/best-spring-marathons/

 2014

 America's 10 Healthiest  Small Cities   

 Daily Finance

 http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/america-healthiest-small-cities/

 2014
 6 Best Small Towns in  America - Best Food  Category  Huffington Post  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/29/best-small-towns-america_n_4683366.html  2014

 Top 9 Harvest  Destinations in the World

 Fodors  www.fodors.com/news/photos/9-best-wine-harvest-trips-in-the-world#!4-southeast-monticello-virginia  2013
 Top 9 Small College  Town to Visit This Fall     Huffington Post  http://bit.ly/smallcollegetowns  2013
Top 10 Wine Tasting   Vacation Destinations in the World  Famouswonders.com  N/A  2013
Top 30 Places to Live in America     Livability.com  http://livability.com/top-100-best-places-to-live 2013 
One of the 15 Most Beautiful Campus' in the World (UVA)  Forbes  http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ekkf45i/university-of-virginia-charlottesville-va/  2013
Top 10 Best Up and Coming Wine Region  NerdTravel  www.nerdtravel.com/2013/best-wine-regions/  2013
Top 13 Best Historical Destinations in the United States  U.S. News  http://travel.usnews.com/Rankings/Best_US_Historic_Destinations/  2013
Place Every American Should See  The Today Show  www.today.com/video/today/52317859#52317859  2013
Top 10 Spring Vacation in the World  Travel Channel  www.travelchannel.com/interests/hot-topics/photos/editors-picks-our-spring-vacations  2013
#1 Medium Sized Mountain Town Blue Ridge County  Magazine  N/A  2013

Top 6 Great American  Wine Region

 Budget Travel  http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/six-great-american-wine-regions,12624/  2013

Top 10 City in America for History Buffs

 Travel Nerd   

www.travelnerd.com/blog/2013/cities-history-buffs/

 

 2013

#4 Most Romantic City in America

Livability.com

http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-romantic-cities/charlottesville/va

2013

Top 10 Wine Destination in the World Wine Enthusiast http://www.winemag.com/Web-2011/Virginia/ 2012

America's Prettiest Winter Towns

Travel & Lesisure Magazine

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-prettiest-
winter-towns/5 March 2012

2012

Top 10 metro areas where people indicate they have the best overall sense of well-being

USA Today

 

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2012/03/07/

2012

Top "Brainiest" Metropolitan Areas

The Atlantic

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/06/am
ericas-brainiest-cities/2132/

2012

Best Small Places to Do Business - Rank 22

Forbes Magazine

http://www.forbes.com/best-places-for-business/list/small/#p_1_s_

2012

Runner Up - "Best for Food"  USA Today/Rand  McNally

http://blog.randmcnally.com/2012/06/20/our-quest-for-best-food-started-in-charlottesville-virginia/

2012

25 Most Beautiful Schools (UVA)

Newsweek

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/galleries/2012/08
/05/
college-rankings-2012-most-beautiful-schools-photos.html#
slide_14

2012

A Winemaking Frontier"

Bloomberg News

N/A

2012

"Smartest City In America"

The Daily Beast

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2012/08/16/
america-s-smartest-cities-2012-denver-to-raleigh-durham-photos.html
#slide_0

2012

#1 Agritourism Spot in America

Go Green Travel Green

http://gogreentravelgreen.com/top-spots-for-agritourism-from-pizza-farms-to-cheese-trails/

2012

University of Virginia one of its 17 "World's Most Beautiful Universities"

Travel & Lesisure Magazine

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-most-beautiful-universities/15

2012

Top 20 Tailgate Town

Southern Living

http://www.southernliving.com/food/souths-best-tailgate-00417000079284/?iid=magazine-tailgate-vote

2012

#10 Wine Vacation Spot in the World

US News

http://travel.usnews.com/Rankings/Best_Wine_Vacations/

2012

The South's Best College Towns

Southern Living

http://www.southernliving.com/travel/best-college-towns-00417000074763/page2.html

2012

The Best Southern Tailgates

Southern Living

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/02/the-best-southern-tailgates_n_1850427.html#slide=more248163

2012

Tastiest Town in the South - #5

Southern Living

http://www.southernliving.com/travel/souths-tastiest
-towns-charlottesville-00417000076972/

2011

#1 City to Live in the Country

Yahoo Real Estate/Sperling

http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2011/sep/20/
yahoo-real-estate-charlottesville-best-place-live-ar-1324519/
 

2011

#4 for Book Lovers

Livability.com

http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-cities-book-lovers/charlottesville
/va

2011

"Locavore" Capital of the World

Forbes Magazine

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nicoleperlroth/2011/06/01/
an-online-grocer-for-web-2-0-just-dont-call-it-webvan-2-0/

2011

Most Walkable City in Virginia

Walk Score

N/A

2011

Top 10 Charming Towns

Tip Advisor

N/A

2010

Healthiest Place to Live

Men's Journal Magazine

http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/82112587.html?storySection=story

2010

Top Place to Retire

Kiplinger Magazine

http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/5-great-cities-for-retirees.html

2010

4th Best Place to Live in the Country

Kiplinger Magazine

http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/2009/07/2
009-best-city-charlottesville.html

2009

11th Best Town to Find a Job

Forbes Magazine

http://www.forbes.com/2009/05/19/college-towns-jobs-lifestyle-real-estate-jobs_slide_11.html

2009

One of the 30 Coolest Neighborhoods, Belmont

Men's Health Magazine

http://archive.mensjournal.com/best-nabes-southeast

2009

Top Ten Digital City, 3rd 2005, 4th 2006, 6th 2007, 5th 2008, 4th 2009

Center for Digital Government

http://www.digitalcommunities.com/survey/cities/?year=2007&year=2007

2009

GFOA Certificate of Achievement Reporting (30th consecutive year)

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)

http://www.albemarle.org/navpages.asp?info=release&ID=14162

2009

AAA Bond Rating, Moody's has ranked City AAA since 1973, S & P since 1964

Moody & Standard & Poor's

N/A

2009

Top 10 Healthiest Places to Retire

AARP

http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/press-center/info-07-2008/aarp_the_magazine_names_the_top_10__healthiest
_pla.2.html

2008

Best Places to Retire, 2nd

Black Enterprise Magazine

http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/28247739.html?storySection=comments

2008

Best City for Living and Launching a Business- 18th Place 

Fortune and Money Magazine

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/fsb/0803/gallery.best
_places_to_launch.fsb/18.html

2008

Best Small Market for Busines - 9th Place 

Forbes Magazine

http://www.virginiaestates.com/virginia-resources/charlottesville-business.asp

2008

2008 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award, Gold and Flag Award in the Environmental Program (Government) category 

N/A

N/A

2008

2008 Bicycle Friendly Community at the Silver Level 

League of American Bicyclists

http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyameri
ca/communities/bfc_charlottesville.php

2008

USGBC LEED Gold Certification, Downtown Transit Center, 2008, 1st LEED Gold municipal designation in the state.

USGBC

http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/News/Press Release - DTS _3-20-08
_.pdf

2008

One of the Best Places to be Found 1995 & 1999, also one of Seven Dream Towns That Have it All, Best Town to Live 2006, 2008

Outside Magazine

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/123318308.html?page=all,

2007

Distinctive Destination

National Trust for Historic Preservation

http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/travel/dozen-distinctive-destinations/locations/charlottesville-va-2007.html

2007

Environmental Excellence Award "Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention, Local Government" 

Businesses for the Bay

http://www.bayjournal.com/article/businesses_for_the_bay_
honors_11_for_preventing_pollution

2007

Best Places to Live

Money Magazine

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2007/
snapshots/PL5114968.html

2007

Best Small College Town (#1)

E-Podunk.com

http://www.epodunk.com/top10/colleges/charlottesville.html

2007

Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Awards

http://www.peercenter.net/ewebeditpro/items/O73F1
4729.pdf

2006

Best Trail Running

Outside Magazine

N/A

2006

City Website was voted Best City Website  - Savvy Award

City County Communications and Marketing Association

http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/4458832.html

2006

Top Five Green Cities

Blue Ridge Magazine

N/A

2006

Best Place to Relocate

relocateamerica.com

N/A

2006

Best Workplace for Commuters US Department of Transportation

N/A

2005

Southern Business & Development Magazine: #1 on the list of 10 "Really Cool Small Southern Markets"

Southern Business & Development Magazine

http://www.sb-d.com/archivesite/www.sb-d.com/issues/Winter2005/features/TenCoolMarkets.html

2005

Department of Social Services, USDA recognition for outstanding customer service

Department of Social Services

http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/pressreleases/2005/FNS-0006.htm

2005

Business Journals - Best Places to Work Business Journals

N/A

2004

Money Magazine 100 Best Places to Live

Money Magazine

N/A

2004

harlottesville Officially Awarded First Tee Chapter, by the World Golf Foundation

World Golf Foundation

http://www.thefirstteecharlottesville.org/club/scripts/secti
on/section.asp?NS=GAU

2004

Best Place to Live in the USA

USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2004-03-29-best-cities-main_x.htm

2001

Forbes/Milken Institute: Best Small Places for Business and Career

Forbes/Milken Institute

N/A

1999

Travel 50 & Beyond: Top Ten Great Places to Retire

Travel 50 & Beyond Magazine

N/A

Undated

#1 state funded college in America (UVA): Forbes Magazine

Forbes Magazine

 

Undated

1 of 10 World Wonders (Monticello and UVA): National Geographic Traveler National Geographic Traveler

 

Undated

Best College Football Town - Associate Press Readers

Associate Press Readers

 

Undated

18th Safest Mid-Sized Cities in the Country (populations between 150,000 and 500,000), Farmers Insurance

Farmers Insurance

http://www.virginiaestates.com/virginia-resources/charlottesville-family.asp

Undated

Life magazine: Charlottesville region "The Best New Place to Drink Wine." 

Life Magazine

 

Undated

Charlottesville area - one of 10 superlative locales cited in Life's write-up of "10 Perfect Weekend Escapes."

Life Magazine

 

Undated

Kiplinger's Personal Finance: #2 Healthiest Place to Live in America 

Kiplinger Magazine

 

Undated

Men's Journal: #3 Healthiest Small City to Live in America 

Men's JournalMagazine

 

Undated

Reader's Digest: Top Ten Places in the Country to Raise a Family (#7 out of 50) Reader's Digest

 

Undated

merican Health: Top Ten Healthiest Cities for Women (#6) 

American Health Magazine

 

Undated

Golf Digest: Best Retirement City for Golfers (#1)

Golf Digest

 

Undated

Tennis Magazine: Best Tennis Town (#1) 

Tennis Magazine

 

Undated

Arts and Entertainment Television: One of the Best Places to Live in America (#6) 

Arts and Entertainment Television

 

Undated

Modern Maturity Magazine: Most Alive Places to Live (#2 College Town) 

Modern Maturity Magazine

 

Undated

Cottage Living Magazine, Great Place to Live

Cottage Living Magazine  

Undated

City Website received Sponsors Award by the National Association of Government Webcasters

National Associate of Government Webcasters

 

Undated

City Parks and Recreation Department accepted as Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Undated

City Parks and Recreation Department accepted Tree City USA

Tree City USA

 

Undated

Fire Department - ISO Class 2 Fire Department (1 being the best on a score of 10)

ISO

 

Undated