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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 245,724. 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
245,724

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$193,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$980
National
$949
Area Feel
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
    387
    283
  • Murder
    19
    6
  • Rape
    44
    41
  • Robbery
    199
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    474
    500
  • Theft
    3,222
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    217
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,268
National
$55,322
Children
18%
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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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!
Norfolk, Virginia is a beautiful place;however, there’s not many activities to do in Norfolk. Most activities are in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake. Norfolk has its main attractions like waterside, the habor, downtown Norfolk and many other places. Another thing that could improve is the safety in Norfolk because there’s a lot of crime going on each and every day especially at night time. Norfolk isn’t overall a bad place but I think the main thing that will make Norfolk better is to add more activities and fun places around for people to do. I love Norfolk as a city and I’d rather live here than in any other city in Virginia .