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  1. Public Schools
    A
  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
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Chesapeake is a suburb of Norfolk with a population of 237,820. 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
237,820

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$265,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,235
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Chesapeake Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    350.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    45.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    57
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    209.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,904.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    160
    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
    13%
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
    25%
    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
$75,790
National
$55,322
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I live in the South Norfolk part of Chesapeake it is truly a sweet area to live. My family and I moved here last April and we can all agree that it has been splendid. My neighbors are extremely friendly and it's a nice environment to have a family. There's various parks around, it's relatively quiet all the time and it's central to two shopping centers. Right off the interstate in one direction is downtown norfolk and in the other direction is Greenbrier mall and other surrounding shopping centers around there. There's a couple grocery stores and dollar stores in locality for minor store runs and plenty of jobs available nearby with an easy commute!
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Coming from rural Georgia, I have really appreciated the multitude of different restaurants, things to do, events and fairs, historical attractions, and not to mention the nearby beaches and fresh seafood! I live in the heart of Great Bridge, so there isn't too much of the privacy that I am used to in my hometown. However, there are several residential areas that become more spread out toward Mt. Pleasant, and I'm looking for rental properties in that area. The biggest issues for me would be the crowds in the shopping districts and afternoon commute traffic, which are claustrophobic and time consuming if you happen to get caught up in all of it.
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.