A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Population
449,733

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$262,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,258
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%

Virginia Beach 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
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    63
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    23
    41
  • Robbery
    59
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    191
    500
  • Theft
    1,873
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    112
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$67,719
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

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The city of Virginia Beach has everything anyone could ask for in a city! Everyone is represented fairly in this military based residential area. With the protection of military bases nearby and the presence of vets this is truly a patriotic environment. Not to mention the beach has made topped the list for most visited beach on the east coast of America! Also the schools are fantastic and cater around the growth of the children with most schools having 4 or more stars. In conclusion, if you plan on moving to the tidewater area you will be pleasantly surprised with the welcoming community here.
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First, there is no competitive locale on the east coast to rival Hampton Roads! The sunshine, family-friendly beaches, churches, and top-rated colleges, military influences, and cultural foods and activities can trump New York or Miami. Schools boast phenomenal academic settings with real-world professors who make sense of an ever changing society. Stellar universities offer quality at an affordable price tag. Design your future here! The cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach provide top-rated public schools with the best trained teachers and stem academics in the world. Join us to make your life a success!
Virginia Beach has been my home for the past seven years. It is where I received my bachelor's, met and married my husband, and will spend the next few years! There is a variety of activities suited for an array of ages to do in or around Virginia Beach. Going to the beach, kayaking, the Aquarium, and local breweries are some of my personal favorites.
The reason for the four out of five rating is the fact that tourist season makes it difficult to enjoy the summer. It is great for revenue that we are such a large tourist attraction, but it does cause many of the locals to find summer activities elsewhere. Despite that, there are many hidden spots that locals know about that we can relax and rejuvenate from work and school.