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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. Norfolk is in Norfolk City County. Living in Norfolk offers residents a dense 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
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Norfolk 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
    270.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    14.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    47.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    131.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    287.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,853.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    322.5
    284

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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Moving here from another city, it is not hard to see the differences in Norfolk from other cities. Some people are friendly, don't mind talking and chatting, and love to party. As a college student, these are the types of people that I look for and would like to be around.
Others, especially some teens, can be rude and not welcoming, but of course that is anywhere you go. There are lots of nightclubs and parties at the universities near by.
The weather changes constantly, and the wind is ridiculous! There is also a lot of rain.
Overall, Norfolk is not a bad place to live. Other than being here for college, I would not live here permanently. My professor is real estate agent, and he says there are a lot of opportunities for buying and selling, and the real estate business is very popular but also very profitable. In my opinion, Norfolk is increasing their police surveillance. There are always police officers on and near campus, and near the mall and the waterfront.
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Norfolk is home to the largest Naval base, meaning there are a lot of tourist attractions and military families in the area. This also means our population is very diverse is home to many ethnicities from around the world. Norfolk has attractions such as the Botanical Gardens, Nauticus, Chrysler museum, waterfront restaurants, etc. The city is on the waterfront of the southeastern part of Virginia and has a population of over two hundred thousand residents. The North American Headquarters for NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is found here alongside the Naval Base. The vast city also has an assortment of malls, zoos, and beaches. The weather is moderate with an equal distribution of sunny to rainy days and moderate seasons. Overall Norfolk, Virginia is a nice city to visit or for permanent resident.
I live in Ghent! The area is really clean, and I feel safe. There are sidewalks. Nightlife is great; Colley Avenue is really popular. There is a fresh market, a health store, and several coffee shops. The area is very mellow. It is close to a hospital and a few colleges; there are a lot of students. Overall, it has been a lovely experience!