Charlottesville, Virginia is surrounded by Albemarle County, although is an independent city. The Charlottesville metro area includes neighboring counties like Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson County.
Charlottesville sits along the Rivanna River, near the Southwest Mountains. Famous Americans like James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe called Charlottesville home, and Jefferson's Monticello is just south of Charlottesville's downtown.
The University of Virginia is also in Charlottesville, and 20,000 students attend annually. The University of Virginia Cavaliers have a strong following within Charlottesville and nationally. UVA is ranked as the second-best public university in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1819, the university was suggested by Thomas Jefferson, who is considered the father of UVA, and was built on land owned by James Monroe.
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