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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    C+
Smithfield is a town in Virginia with a population of 8,262. Smithfield is in Isle of Wight County. Living in Smithfield offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Smithfield and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Smithfield are above average.
About Smithfield...
Population
8,262

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$274,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$944
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Smithfield 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
    83.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    166.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,167.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    178.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Smithfield

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$72,308
National
$55,322

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Smithfield Reviews

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Smithfield is a beautiful town with a lot to offer visitors and citizens alike. From it's beautiful country roads, to its water front restaurants, this quaint town can please anyone looking for a good time in a nice environment. Want to get out? Great! Smithfield is only a half hour away from several popular locations including but not limited to, Newport News, Williamsburg, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. It is a great family friendly town that is a joy to be a member of.
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Smithfield is a great place to live, but for people who were not raised here it can be an odd adjustment. Since this is a relatively small town, most people here know each other; because of this, teens and young people moving in often times end up being outcasts. Other than the cliques, I feel as if Smithfield is a great mix of country living and city convenience.
Smithfield is a small agricultural town known for its ham. If a prospective Smithfield resident likes ham and close-knit community, this town is a perfect match. However, I personally enjoy neither of those things–I am vegan and I prefer cities with a more diverse scene and plentiful activities to do and places to go without having to drive to a neighboring city. However, for a retired couple, a country-loving person, or a small family, this quaint, residential town is the best match. The schools are not top-tier and the nightlife is not bustling (therefore I personally am not satisfied with my experience with Smithfield), but the atmosphere is extremely friendly, welcoming, and interwoven with history, ham, and hospitality.