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Charlottesville is an independent city located within the confines of Albemarle County in the
Commonwealth of Virginia, United States, and named after Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz,
the queen consort of King George III of the United Kingdom.
As of the 2005 census update, the city proper had a population of 40,437.
It is the county seat of Albemarle County though the two are separate legal entities.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Charlottesville with Albemarle County for
statistical purposes, bringing the total population to 118,398.
The city is the heart of the Charlottesville, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes Albemarle,
Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson counties.
In 2004, Charlottesville was ranked the best place to live in the United States in the book Cities Ranked and
Rated by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander.
Sperling and Sander ranked the cities based on cost of living, climate, and quality of life.
Charlottesville is best known as the home to three US Presidents, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe,
as well as the home of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson.
The city is also known for Jefferson's Monticello, his renowned mountain-top home which attracts
approximately half a million tourists every year.
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