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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  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 245,592. 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.
About Norfolk...
Population
245,592

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$199,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,031
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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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
    347.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    14.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    55.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    128.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    346.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,786.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    329.1
    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
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    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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Growing artist city that's reminiscent of a small Portland. Public schools need improvement, but our government is aware. Norfolk city government is one of the few I've seen that genuinely care about their residents and city - I have so much love for this city. There is a strong military presence with bases located in Norfolk, plus bordering cities (Hampton & Virginia Beach). Excellent night life and a wonderful medical/health profession school present (Eastern Virginia Medical School)!
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Norfolk is a waterfront city in southeastern Virginia. It's home to Naval Station Norfolk, an enormous maritime base on the Chesapeake Bay. Nauticus is a sea exhibition hall that includes the Battleship Wisconsin, an enormous WWII warship. The Chrysler Museum of Art grandstands an immense assortment of glass workmanship, in addition to European and American compositions and models. My family and I enjoyed what Norfolk had to offer if you want a nice place to raise your family, this is the place for you!
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.