Charlottesville and Albemarle County have a combined population of around 117,000, with higher education, tourism, light manufacturing, agriculture, and retail trade constituting their economic base. Over the years, community leaders have done much to preserve the natural beauty and character of Albemarle County. The countryside, especially in the springtime, ranks among the most beautiful sites in the nation.
The countryside offers numerous Civil War sites and historical road-markers detailing more than two hundred years of history. Beautiful estates, bounded by split-rail fences and cedar trees, dot the rolling-hill landscape.
Lake Monticello maintains the rural character of Fluvanna County and enhances the “country suburban” character of the community, promote a vibrant quality of life for residents, and plan for the future.
Lake Monticello is served by enhanced commercial areas that are actually village-scaled communities. There are several existing commercial areas just outside of the Lake Monticello gates including Piedmont Village, Crofton Plaza, and Jefferson Center.
Welcome to fabulous Fluvanna County! Located in Piedmont Plateau and characterized by gently rolling hills and mature forests. Centrally located just 25 miles east of Charlottesville, 60 miles west of Richmond and 120 miles south of Washington DC.
Centrally located in the heart of Virginia, Fluvanna County is about 25 miles east of Charlottesville, 60 miles west of Richmond, 120 miles south of Washington, D.C. and within 45 miles of the famous Skyline Drive. Fluvanna County is bounded on the south by the James River, which separates it from Buckingham and Cumberland Counties. It is bounded on the west by Albemarle County, on the north by Louisa County and on the east by Goochland County.
Fluvanna County is located in the Piedmont Plateau Physiographic Province and is characterized by gently rolling hills. Covering 282 square miles, two-thirds of the county’s land is forested, with most open land devoted to farming and grazing. Elevations above sea level range from around 200 feet at the Town of Columbia to about 550 feet at Zion Crossroads.
The number of new businesses in Fluvanna County is growing faster than anywhere else in Central Virginia. Its population is growing more than four times faster than the state’s is, making it the second-fastest growing county in Virginia. Fluvanna is one of the few counties in Virginia that doesn’t levy a Business, Professional, and Occupational License (BPOL) tax, also known as the gross receipts tax. In close proximity to major markets, Richmond is 54 miles to the east; Charlottesville is 25 miles west; Washington, D.C., is 100 miles northeast; and the port city of Norfolk is 147 miles southeast.
While forestry and agriculture are still important components of Fluvanna County’s economy, a growing retail and service sector is emerging. Commercial activity within the county-strategically positioned on the I-64 corridor between Richmond and Charlottesville-centers on Fork Union, Lake Monticello, Palmyra, and Zion Crossroads.
- Area Resources
- Fluvanna County, VA
- Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce
- Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport
- The Charlottesville Guide
- Lake Monticello Home Owners Association
- Historic Sites in Fluvanna County
- Fluvanna County Library
- Lewis & Clark Center
- Fluvanna Historical Society
- Fork Union Village Project
- Jefferson Madison Regional Library
- Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce
- Fluvanna County Education Foundation
- Rivanna Conservation Society
- Rivanna Lions Club
- Rotary Club of Fluvanna, VA
- Greater Charlottesville Business Region
- Central Virginia Small Business Development
- Charlottesville Visitors Bureau
- Surrounding Cities and Counties
- Albermarle County, Virginia
- Buckingham County, Virginia
- Louisa County, Virginia
- Cumberland County, Virginia
- Charlottesville, VA
- Area Schools
Anchored by the University of Virginia, one of the nation’s premier academic and research institutions, the area is home to more than two dozen wineries and some of the states most acclaimed vintners that add to the backdrop of largely agricultural settings and mountain views.
With convenient access to major highways, an intensely creative culture, and close proximity to larger metropolitan areas, the region is an emerging center for new business development in communication, information technology, biotechnology, light manufacturing and distribution.
- Area Recreation
The University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Martha Jefferson Hospital and Culpeper Regional Hospital anchor the healthcare services that are available to those living in the region. The University of Virginia Hospital, with more than 600 beds, is a Level One trauma center and is rated as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country. The availability of outstanding healthcare services not only represents a rapidly growing component of the regional economy, but is an amenity that enhances the environment for both businesses and residents.
- Fluvanna County Healthcare Resources
- Local Media
- National Recognition
- “Best Place to Live in the United States” by Cities Ranked & Rated
- One of the “Best Places to Live” and the No. 1 “Small City in the South” by Money magazine
- One of America’s “Dream Towns” by Outside magazine
- One of the 10 “Best Places to Start a Business” by Point of View magazine
- One of the 10 “Best Places to Live” by A & E Channel magazine
- One of the 10 “Best Places to Raise a Family” by Readers Digest
- The No. 1 “Retirement County for Golfers” by Golf Digest
- The “Best Tennis Town in America” by Tennis magazine