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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Population
448,290

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$259,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,236
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%

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
    52
    0
  • Murder
    4
    0
  • Rape
    23
    41
  • Robbery
    60
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    211
    1
  • Theft
    1,898
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    96
    0

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$66,634
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    11%
  • 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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Virginia Beach Reviews

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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!
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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.
Virginia Beach is a city that has two distinct areas, the strip or beach area and the city center area. Over the last few years the City Center area has been being built up to allow for more activity and living area. The beach area is where most of the night life is at no matter the season of year. All around the weather in Virginia Beach is a good mixture of temperate and the ocean keeps the temperature high for most of the time. Great place to live and it is near famous areas like Jamestown, Williamsburg, Kitty Hawk. The military does have a large presence in the area but that does not stop the city from being it's own!