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Find information about City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County resources, such as codes, tax assessment, real estate, and local history.
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Official City and County Websites

Laws and Codes

If you are looking for other Virginia municipality and county codes, try Municode for Virginia.

  • City of Charlottesville Code
    You may also call the City Attorney's office at (434) 970-3131 to find out if any particular code section has been amended recently.
  • Albemarle County Code
    For more information or to verify amendments, please call the Office of the County Attorney at (434) 972-4067.

Demographic Information

  • Community Facts by American FactFinder
    Enter a state, county, city, town, or zip code to find various demographic and housing information about that place. Brought to you by the US Census's American FactFinder. For in-depth demographic information, please contact the
    Data Team
    at the library.


Guides to Living in Charlottesville

  • Monticello Avenue
    Links to a wealth of information about the Albemarle/Charlottesville area. Employment, education, housing, local government and arts. Monticello Avenue is jointly supported by the City of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle, and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
  • Living in Charlottesville - A Guide for the Law School Community
    Extensive guide to living in Charlottesville, including information on family time, finding a job, shopping, dining, housing, and much more. (And not just for law students!) Brought to you by the University of Virginia School of Law.
  • AreaVibes
    "The AreaVibes Livability Score was designed to help you find the best places to live. It is created using a unique algorithm that takes into account dozens of characteristics in 7 different categories including nearby amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. A total Livability Score is then calculated out of 100 for any area across America."

Local News

  • Daily Progress
    Charlottesville's daily newspaper. Top stories, weather forecasts, community events calendar, lottery results, and classified ads.
  • C-ville Weekly
    Weekly living magazine for Charlottesville and the surrounding area.
  • Cavalier Daily
    Student newspaper serving the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
  • Newsplex
    Aggregation of local television news for the Charlottesville area.

Local History, Historical Maps, and Historical Photos

  • Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
    Founded in 1940, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society seeks to study, preserve, and promote the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. The Society strives to accomplish this mission through a variety of public programs, including exhibits, publications, lectures, walking tours, oral history interviews, and various educational programs.
  • Local History File Subject Index
    A pdf version of the subject heading index (21 pages) of the Local History File, located in Alderman Library Reference: a collection of files containing mostly historical newspaper clippings. Primary dates of coverage are 1940 through 1990. Ask about it at the main desk in Alderman.
  • Holsinger Studio Collection Database
    Marvelous searchable collection of nearly nine thousand historic photographs of Charlottesville and Albemarle County from the late 19th century through the 1920s. Searchable by keyword, name/place, and date. From the Special Collections Department at the University of Virginia Library.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - Charlottesville, VA - 1907
    The UVA Library holds a pair of original map books for the City of Charlottesville, for 1907 and 1920, that have been digitized and georeferenced, which are the source material for this digital collection.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - Charlottesville, VA - 1920
    The UVA Library holds a pair of original map books for the City of Charlottesville, for 1907 and 1920, that have been digitized and georeferenced, which are the source material for this digital collection.
  • Historical Maps at the Scholar's Lab
    In addition to the featured Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Charlottesville, the Scholar's Lab offers many other historical maps of the local area. Search for the place name you are looking for.
  • Archival Resources at the UVA Geospatial Resource Center
    This collection contains numerous maps and aerial photographs of the University Grounds, Charlottesville, and Albemarle County. In addition, there are many general reference manuals such as Historic Preservation Resources, FP&C Design Guidelines, Facility Audits, and University Master Plans available for reference.
  • Historic Aerial Photos of Albemarle and Charlottesville
    Currently, there are unreferenced images from 1937, 1957, 1966, 1974, 1980, and 1990. For 1996 and 2000, there are unreferenced images and more detailed georeferenced images for use with GIS. This website is only available on grounds. Please contact Chris Gist for assistance with accessing content.


  • Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
    Library catalogs, information on adult and children's programs, and other reference information for the libraries of Albemarle, Charlottesville, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties.
  • University of Virginia Library
    UVA Library is an academic research library that serves UVA students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members.

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