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  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Chesapeake is a town in Virginia with a population of 235,410. Chesapeake is in Chesapeake City County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Chesapeake offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Chesapeake there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Chesapeake. The public schools in Chesapeake are highly rated.
About Chesapeake...
Population
235,410

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$260,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,201
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Chesapeake Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    301.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    59
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    246
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,768.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    127.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Chesapeake

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$72,214
National
$55,322
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I have lived here my entire life and it is a local family of warm welcoming people. There are all walks of life here as well, which makes it an inviting area for anyone! It was a rural area for majority of my life but has recently started to develop with several neighborhoods offering a great place for young families to raise their children. On that note, the schools in Chesapeake are rated very well and I have been influenced greatly by my educators and have been taught life lessons along the way. As a student in Chesapeake all my life I was always encouraged by my teachers, to the point I fell in love with furthering my education. I began taking college courses in High School because I was so driven by my professors. Overall, Chesapeake is a wonderful place, especially young families looking for a great opportunity for their children regarding their education.
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I love Chesapeake! It's not too far from the beach and the surrounding areas, close to the airport, and close to many shopping areas. Night life in this area does not exist but the surrounding cities have plenty. I consider this a plus as it's nice to get away and be able to think. I would probably say it is a good place to settle down without being too faraway from a more city like place.
Chesapeake is a city one would consider safe, clean, and almost boring... but not in a bad way! It is just a calm area with not much to expect. That is a blessing however since you are not living in fear. Everything is normal and there is not much to dislike. One thing I would comment on however is the lack of excitement per say. Some people are completely fine with that as they will just visit the next city over to do something that they would perhaps not be able to do in Chesapeake. If you like normal, cookie cutter, clean, and redundant living where you are comfortable and close to other cities that may have something "better" then Chesapeake is your dream city!