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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Downtown is a neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia with a population of 7,019. Downtown is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Downtown offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Downtown are above average.
About Downtown...
Population
7,019

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$252,128
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$754
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    76%
  • Own
    24%
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Downtown Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$39,026
National
$55,322
Families with Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Downtown Reviews

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I like living downtown because we're right behind the mall, a walk away from great restaurants and a concert venue, a train ride away from the baseball stadium, and a car ride away from the beach. Being a young married couple, all of those things are appealing but once we start looking to settle down, this area is not ideal for a family. The housing market is so expensive and jobs are scarce. For now, it works for us, but we're starting to talk more and more about building a house and starting a family and this is not the place we want to ultimately live.
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You can find great restaurants in this area and with a great variety. Thanks to the nearby mall, which is at a walking distance and has a cheap parking lot, you can find a variety of stores from electronics to clothing and beauty. The only downside to the area is the lack of grocery stores, convenient stores and pharmacies. The grocery stores near by are a bit expensive but generally good quality.
There are a lot of options for dining and recreation. However, depending on the time of night, the safety and classiness declines.