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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  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
    B+
Virginia Beach is a city in Virginia with a population of 450,057. Virginia Beach is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Virginia Beach offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Virginia Beach there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Virginia Beach. The public schools in Virginia Beach are highly rated.
About Virginia Beach...
Population
450,057

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$267,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,296
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Virginia Beach 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
    52.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    59.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    166
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,667.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    101
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    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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There is a lot of history in Virginia such as Colonial Williamsburg where you can visit the Jamestown Settlement. Virginia Beach is a diverse population due to being a large military city. We offer many tourist attractions at our Oceanfront including whale watching, parasailing, museums, and kayaking. Virginia Beach has many local restaurants using fresh ingredients grown right here at the farms in the area. A landfill turned into a mountain to fly kites on with a children's playground is Virginia Beach's very own Mount Trashmore. Finally, our neighbor cities in Hampton Roads have several shopping and site seeing venues too. There is certainly something to please every taste!
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Virginia Beach (is an expensive but) amazing place for a quick visit, or full vacation!
Living here however is another story. There are dozens of pro's and con's about residing here. First thing on the list is how expensive it is. We pay the highest tax in the state, and have the most rules, city ordinances, etc. Virginia beach has some pretty bad drivers, so proceed with caution. And lastly weather here is just plain scary... I've seen it go from 80° degrees and partly cloudy, to 33° degrees with a high chance of snow; in the same week!

But there's always a good side. There's always something fun to here, no matter what area you're in. There's the beach, (obviously) museum's, speciality bakeries, and tons of games! But most importantly we have everyone's favorite park, Mount Trashmore! This park is made literally from trash to keep garbage out of the landfill. And each and every summer there's a huge carnival set up for kids of all ages!
Virginia Beach is an underestimated hidden gem. Just halfway up the East Coast, you’ll find it beaming with beautiful beaches, good cuisine, family friendly activities and AFFORDABLE vacation rentals or hotels (beautiful weather is a BONUS!). Virginia Beach has always been my home away from home, and now I live here! The culture is great with a strong military presence-I always feel safe. The city is clean and residents are always friendly, great place to visit and to live! Best decision we ever made was to move here!