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B+ Chesapeake Amenities Some amenities close to this location
F Chesapeake Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% higher than Virginia
11717% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Chesapeake cost of living
D+ Chesapeake Crime Total crime is 34% higher than Virginia
Total crime
2,6912% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 382% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Chesapeake crime
C Chesapeake Employment Household income is 6% higher than Virginia
Median household income
$69,97826% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$30,7643% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%15% lower than the US average
Chesapeake employment
F Chesapeake Housing Home value is 3% higher than Virginia
Median home value
$256,50039% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,18024% higher than the US average
Home ownership
70%10% higher than the US average
Chesapeake real estate or Chesapeake rentals
A+ Chesapeake Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Virginia
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
79%62% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:113% lower than the US average
Chesapeake K-12 schools or Chesapeake colleges

Living in Chesapeake, VA

Chesapeake, Virginia is a big city with a population of 233,194 inhabitants. Chesapeake is known to be family friendly as more than 73% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 60% of residents also have children under the age of 18. Long travel times to work can be one of the most frustrating things in the world - right behind housework! If you decide that living in Chesapeake is the right fit for you, your one way commute time will average 26 minutes, which is about average when compared to the national commute time of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Chesapeake, Virginia could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. With useful information like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Chesapeake and in the areas around Chesapeake is a much easier task.

Chesapeake has a livability score of 69/100 and is ranked #360 in Virginia and #12,169 in the USA. If we examine each of the categories on their own, we see that Chesapeake ranks well for amenities (B+) and education (A+). Chesapeake does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Chesapeake, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Chesapeake Arboretum, Oak Grove Lake Park, and Carafe Wine Makers.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Chesapeake is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0.35%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Chesapeake have a test score average of 79%, which is well above the US average.

Assuming that Chesapeake meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Chesapeake. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Chesapeake are simply unattainable. The median home price for Chesapeake homes is $256,500, which is 3.3% higher than the Virginia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Chesapeake, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 2.6% lower than the Virginia average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Chesapeake were 4.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 2.5%.

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Compare Chesapeake, VA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Chesapeake, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
US Navy Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia Beach8112.24,905
North Central, Virginia Beach7912.625,176
Northwest, Virginia Beach7710.973,160
Great Bridge East, Chesapeake767.817,164
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Deep Creek South, Chesapeake743.710,890
Great Bridge, Chesapeake734.424,376
Western Branch South, Chesapeake717.613,869
Greenbrier West, Chesapeake702.319,161

Best Cities Near Chesapeake, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Scotland, VA8537.9157
Virginia Beach, VA7718.1449,733
Bethel Manor, VA75244,181
Williamsburg, VA7541.714,988
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Dendron, VA7439.8296
Yorktown, VA7434.6165
Hampton, VA7318.4136,789
Newport News, VA7324.3181,606
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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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