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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Norfolk is a city in Virginia with a population of 245,752. Living in Norfolk offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Norfolk there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Norfolk. The public schools in Norfolk are above average.
About Norfolk...
Population
245,752

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$194,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,003
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Norfolk Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    334.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    14.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    55.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    151.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    471.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,984.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    292.8
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    18%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

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It has been amazing and a great change, I am looking forward to my future here!
I would love to see more officers patrolling, I believe it will help many people feel safe and stop a lot of the crime that is being committed. The traffic is not that great but with all the military people commuting, it really is not something we can do about it but if there is a way to improve this it would be wonderful to see.
There are many pot holes that should be fixed especially near schools. I love the different types of food they have available. The diversity is very good, something that I have never seen before.
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I love it here! I am close to water, in a city that is not too large that I can't find my way but small enough that I can get to know people. The neighborhoods are very interesting. It is definitely a conglomeration of styles, incomes and people!
The mayor is one of the best I have experienced! He cares about his city and one can tell.
Norfolk is close enough to a lot of major cities, contains plenty of venues. There is always something going on here!
The city is incredibly diverse, especially with the college, military and expat communities. Price wise, it is about average on housing affordability.
The public schools are needing some help- the students overall could have higher performance but I think that has several factors to it that I don't have enough information to speak on it.
Overall, after having lived here over 10 years, I can say that it has been a good location for me.
Norfolk is a great blend of a Southern city, with an urban flair and a little bit of the beach life! It was actually ranked the No. 1 place to visit in a very popular tourist magazine last year. With great scenery, food, beaches, and nightlife it is the perfect place to settle down. There's something do for everyone, especially those with families. Norfolk has a good blend of everything, with just the right touch of Southern Comfort to make anyone feel at home!