Chesapeake, VA

Population: 233,194

Key findings

  • Chesapeake has a Livability Score of 73/100, which is considered excellent
  • Chesapeake crime rates are 47% higher than the Virginia average
  • Cost of living in Chesapeake is 1% higher than the Virginia average
  • Chesapeake real estate prices are 3% higher than the Virginia average
  • Rental prices in Chesapeake are 4% higher than the Virginia average

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      Chesapeake, VA

      Chesapeake is a mid-sized city in the heart of Coastal Virginia. It is large in terms of area and consists of many distinct communities such as South Norfolk, Greenbrier and Indian River in the east, Deep Creek in the west, and Hickory in the south. Chesapeake is located along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and has many beautifully preserved farmlands and wetlands. The city is known for its excellent schools, quiet and safe neighborhoods, and low crime rate. In addition, the abundance of vast, undeveloped space makes real estate prices cheap, giving Chesapeake an advantage over other cities in the U.S. Commonwealth.

      Chesapeake is rich in natural beauty and full of historic wonder. The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge includes a 22-mile canal that is the oldest operating waterway in the country. Cypress trees dot the banks of the canal, while diverse species of butterflies, birds, and mammals can be seen throughout the forests. The Northwest River Park and Campground offers hiking and biking trails, camping, canoeing, and many other activities year-round. Moreover, the Virginia Civil War Trails give visitors a glimpse of Chesapeake’s vital role in American history.

      Chesapeake might feel like a bedroom community, but there are plenty of things to do. Chesapeake is a short drive to the neighboring cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, which boast of active restaurant scenes, a plethora of museums, and thriving entertainment venues hosting Broadway shows and other spectacular performances. Chesapeake is also close to the largest naval base in the world, and its economy benefits from the large influx of military personnel coming to the area. Chesapeake’s Courtyard Square Park also hosts a variety of outdoor events such as farmer’s markets, live entertainment, and arts festivals.

      Driving is the main form of transportation here, and roads are often confusing as they change direction to accommodate the many natural water formations of the area. Bridges and tunnels are common and can have expensive tolls. However, there are other ways to get around. The Hampton Roads Transit runs through Chesapeake to the nearby cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Chesapeake is also close to the Norfolk International Airport and Amtrak station.

      Moving to the Southeast is like being part of a family you never knew you had. Warm, sunny weather and gorgeous scenery make it hard not to smile, and there is never a shortage of things to do. Chesapeake’s central location makes it desirable for newcomers longing to explore the heart of Virginia, as well as families looking for a peaceful place to settle down. Come to Chesapeake to join one of the friendliest communities in the area, and you will be glad to call it home.

      Top Rated Schools in Chesapeake

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Grassfield High9 - 122,09496%
      Hickory High9 - 121,76694%
      Western Branch High9 - 122,16493%
      Great Bridge High9 - 121,41591%
      Hickory Middle School6 - 81,49790%
      Great Bridge Middle School6 - 81,28390%
      Butts Road Int3 - 571990%
      Great Bridge Int3 - 565890%
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      Denneys Battle Field

      My husband and I love to eat breakfast at this Denneys. We love their coffee bacon eggs and oatmeal. We have a favorite waitress named Azza who we ask to serve us. Azza is very friendly and does everything to make our meal a great one. We enjoy visiting with her. Everyone she serves loves her. The food is tasty and reasonably priced.
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      Pros and Cons of Life In Chesapeake, VA

      Virginia is one of the original states and a place of great economical changes. Of all of the cities that I have lived in, Chesapeak, VA has had the biggest impact on my life. There have been ups and downs, but I have persevered through it all. I will share the pros and cons from my perspective to anyone that is inquiring about life in this town. For anyone that is interested, they can continue reading.

      Chesapeake surprisingly has a moderate economy. The top industries are education and the medical field, which I have direct experience with. When I first moved here, degrees and certifications in the medical field were in demand. Within a couple of months I found a job in a nursing home as a C.N.A. Employers in other industries were available, however they started to decline over the last ten years.

      As far as nightlife is concerned, one would be better off looking elsewhere. I moved to Chesapeake from Baltimore 10 years ago and must say that it is a completely different atmosphere. My personal preference is young and hip, however there are possibilities here. Although they are spread out, one can find live bands, rock bars and country. Honestly, the real action is in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

      This city definitely is not the shopping haven like Alexandria or Crystal City, but I can say there are options. Greenbrier Mall is large and includes a host of stores that will suit anyone's taste. Other than that, there is a flea market, specialty stores and retail scattered all over. When I needed to shop I would go to the mall or commute to Norfolk.

      Overall, I would say that Chesapeake is a decent city. It is basically a suburb surrounded by a vast metropolitan area. It will appeal to people looking for a small town feel. Although it may not have the big city culture, residents can certainly commute to other attractive cities, which are still close.
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      Chesapeake, VA - A Beautiful City with Country Calm

      Chesapeake, Virginia is located in eastern Virginia, nestled in the midst of several larger, bustling cities. Chesapeake is a beautiful city blending a mixture of city life and laid back country calm. Chesapeake is comprised of many settled neighborhoods with brick homes, grassy yards, and tree lined streets, blended with more modern high rise developments and numerous shopping areas. Chesapeake is a city surrounded by milatary bases, and is home to many military families. I became familiar with Chesapeake while working at the public library there about 5 years ago. I lived in nearby Norfolk, and made the 10-15 minute commute in each day.

      While Chesapeake itself is not known for big ticket nightlife, there are numerous local night spots, fabulous shopping centers and great restaurants catering to every taste. Being in a military area has it's advantages when it comes to the variety of cuisine offered. In addition to the many Americian food establishments, there are numerous Thai, Japenese and Phillipine establishments serving authentic delicious dishes that you will come to love.

      Chesapeake is just a short drive away from any activity or attraction you set your mind on. A mere 15 minute drive to the east will land you at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, where you will find sand, sun and lots of fun! There you can swim, sail, parasail and partake of all sorts of water sports. A 30 minute drive to the north and you will find Busch Gardens, a large family amusement park located in nearby Colonial Williamsburg. The surrounding cities of Portsmouth and Norfolk are home to many large naval shipyards and naval air bases, and air shows are a regular fascinating event.

      If you want to be close to all of the hustle and bustle of military city life, and have the beach, rivers and waterways within easy reach, yet not be right in the midst of it all, you will love Chesapeake just as I do.

      Chesapeake is a place where you will feel the charm of the quiet city neighborhoods while being within reach of the exciting city life.
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      Source: The Chesapeake, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).