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A+ Hampton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Hampton Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Virginia
Hampton
100same as the US average
Virginia
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Hampton cost of living
C- Hampton Crime Total crime is 77% higher than Virginia
Total crime
3,53628% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2928% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-1%Year over year crime is down
Hampton crime
D Hampton Employment Household income is 25% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$49,89010% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,94313% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%17% higher than the US average
Hampton employment
F Hampton Housing Home value is 24% lower than Virginia
Median home value
$187,7002% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0329% higher than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
Hampton real estate or Hampton rentals
A+ Hampton Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Virginia
High school grad. rates
85%2% higher than the US average
School test scores
71%45% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:122% lower than the US average
Hampton K-12 schools or Hampton colleges

Living in Hampton, VA

Hampton, Virginia is a mid-sized city with a population of 136,789 residents. Individuals of White (42%) and Black or African American (50%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Hampton. With average one way commute time of only 22 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Hampton, Virginia. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Hampton and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Hampton to Virginia and the national average.

Hampton, VA receives 73 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #249 in Virginia and #7,658 in the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Hampton has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and education (A+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Hampton. The following was graded with a discouraging score: employment (D) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Hampton has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Hampton: Virginia Air & Space Center, Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum, and Miss Hampton II Cruises.

Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Hampton has an unemployment rate of 0.63% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

Knowing that the Hampton schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 71%, which is far higher than the national average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Hampton. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Hampton are affordable. The median home price for Hampton homes is $187,700, which is 24.4% lower than the Virginia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Hampton, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 0% lower than the Virginia average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Hampton area were 6.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were 2.6%.

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Compare Hampton, VA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Hampton, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
US Navy Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia Beach8112.84,905
Northwest, Virginia Beach7715.373,160
North King St, Hampton772.112,374
Magruder Area, Hampton754.811,918
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Phoebus, Hampton751.610,741
Buckroe, Hampton742.613,309
Aberdeen, Hampton723.413,699
Foxhill, Hampton724.48,835

Best Cities Near Hampton, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Scotland, VA8521.8157
Gloucester Courthouse, VA7827.62,458
Virginia Beach, VA7723.7449,733
Mathews, VA7628.6608
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Bethel Manor, VA756.44,181
Williamsburg, VA752614,988
West Point, VA75443,326
Dendron, VA7431.9296
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Undesirable in every way

Attractions2/10
Community2/10
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Dining3/10
Shopping5/10
With housing dating from WWII, bad traffic, poor planning, high crime, too much heavy industry, just generally ugly this is the last place anyone would want to move to.
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Nice attractions, mediocre family life

Attractions9/10
Community7/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
Shopping9/10
Hampton is a great place if you love nice dining, cool attractions, and the occasional live show, but I don't recommend starting a family here. The school district is mediocre at best and suffers, not from particularly low funding, but from its negative environment. Elementary and some middle schools (at least the new ones) are pretty ok, but the high schools really aren't where they're supposed to be. Your best bet is Kecoughtan, but even that one isn't where some of the other town's schools are. A family with little kids should be fine as long as they don't go to a bad middle school, but once they're high school age, a town in VA with a top-notch (or at least better) school district is preferable.
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Hampton, VA - Fun by the Shore!

Attractions8/10
Community6/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
Shopping8/10
As a resident of Virginia I frequently find myself visiting the Hampton area. There are many attractions in Hampton and plenty of things to do, but overall the Hampton area is quite obviously a beach community and is best for those who enjoy a fun day out in the sun!

I particularly enjoy the wide variety of restaurants in Hampton. Without a doubt the most common style of food you will find is seafood and the crab is outstanding! Hampton has several seafood buffets which provide a sensational food experience! There are also plenty of great hotels in Hampton which include national chains and smaller local resorts! I love the main city area which is filled with things such as classic boardwalk food, arcades and novelty shops! It's easy to spend a day just going from shop to shop or walking up and down gazing at everything on display!

The nightlife is Hampton is very active and there are plenty of bars and nightclubs! The overall environment is very clean and fun and is the perfect place to visit for just about anyone! Families will enjoy the family oriented activities the city sponsors during the summer nights!
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Source: The Hampton, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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