Norfolk 66 Below average
Norfolk Livability #441 ranked city in Virginia#17,477 ranked city in the USARanks better than 40% of areas
A+ Norfolk Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Norfolk Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Virginia
1066% more expensive than the US average
1077% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Norfolk cost of living
F Norfolk Crime Total crime is 117% higher than Virginia
Total crime
4,00761% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2561% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
2%Year over year crime is up
Norfolk crime
D Norfolk Employment Household income is 32% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$45,26818% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,45015% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%17% higher than the US average
Norfolk employment
F Norfolk Housing Home value is 22% lower than Virginia
Median home value
$193,1005% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9803% higher than the US average
Home ownership
43%33% lower than the US average
Norfolk real estate or Norfolk rentals
A Norfolk Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Virginia
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
69%39% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Norfolk K-12 schools
D- Norfolk User Ratings There are a total of 12 ratings in Norfolk
Overall user rating
51% 12 total ratings
User reviews rating
55% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
50% 10 total surveys
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      Living in Norfolk, VA

      Located in the state of Virginia, Norfolk is a large city with a population of 245,724 inhabitants. Norfolk has a population density of 4,612 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Norfolk is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (48%) and Black or African American (42%). If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Norfolk residents is 30.

      Living in Norfolk can be a fulfilling experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Virginia, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Norfolk, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and more.

      Norfolk, VA receives 68/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #403 in Virginia and #13,591 in the USA. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Norfolk ranks well for amenities (A+), weather (B-) and education (A). There are some categories that Norfolk ranks poorly for, including: crime (F), cost of living (D), employment (D) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Norfolk, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Norfolk: Virginia Zoo, Norfolk Botanical Garden, and Chrysler Museum of Art.

      Knowing that the Norfolk 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 69%, which is far higher than the national average.

      Assuming that Norfolk meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Norfolk. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Norfolk are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Norfolk come in at $193,100, which is 22.3% lower than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Norfolk, the home price to income ratio is 4.3, which is 13.2% higher 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 Norfolk were 1.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.1%.

      Norfolk transportation information

      Average one way commute22min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.3%77.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.8%9.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.9%4.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.7%0.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk6.6%2.4%2.8%
      Working from home4.3%4.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Norfolk, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).