A+ Suffolk Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Suffolk Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Virginia
1055% more expensive than the US average
1077% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Suffolk cost of living
C+ Suffolk Crime Total crime is 53% higher than Virginia
Total crime
2,85311% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3611% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
6%Year over year crime is up
Suffolk crime
C- Suffolk Employment Household income is 1% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$65,43518% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$30,3312% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%equal to the US average
Suffolk employment
F Suffolk Housing Home value is 5% lower than Virginia
Median home value
$236,60028% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,05211% higher than the US average
Home ownership
69%9% higher than the US average
Suffolk real estate or Suffolk rentals
A+ Suffolk Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Virginia
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
73%49% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:16% lower than the US average
Suffolk K-12 schools or Suffolk colleges

Living in Suffolk, VA

Located in the state of Virginia, Suffolk is a medium-sized city with a population of 87,061 residents. Suffolk is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (52%) and Black or African American (42%). Suffolk is known to be family friendly as more than 70% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 59% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Suffolk can be a great experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of Virginia, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Suffolk and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Virginia and national averages.

Suffolk has a livability score of 72 out of 100 and is ranked #270 in Virginia and #8,332 in the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Suffolk has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (C+) and education (A+). The bad news for Suffolk, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F) and housing (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Suffolk, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Regal Harbour View Grande Stadium 16, and Riddick's Folly House Museum.

The average school test scores in Suffolk are 73%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Suffolk is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Suffolk come in at $236,600, which is 4.8% lower than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Suffolk, the home price to income ratio is 3.6, which is 5.3% lower than the Virginia average. Real estate appreciation rates in Suffolk are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Suffolk homes comes in at 3.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 2.6%.

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      Suffolk, VA - Beach Living in Virgina

      I visited Suffolk, VA for two weeks in 2007 with my spouse. Suffolk is a great city with plenty to do. Those who enjoy the beach life will be thrilled with Suffolk. Historical enthusiasts will be delighted by the many historical attractions in the Suffolk area. The younger crowd will be pleased by the variety of night life and beach attitude.

      Aside from all the standard attractions found in Suffolk there is a tons of shopping. My wife was thrilled by the vast amounts of places selling fine art, local art, antiques and historic pieces as well. Some of the more impressive shopping destinations were the "Eagle Hobby Shop" and "Riddick's Folly House Museum Gift Shop". There are also several malls located in and around Suffolk.

      The "Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge" makes for a great day trip with the family or as a couple. While in Suffolk there are plenty of great dining options available and quite a few that should not be missed. The better choices include "Amici's Pizza Cafe", "Casablanca" and "Kelly's Tavern" to grab a casual drink. Night life is also abound in Norfolk including several Gentlemen's clubs which are open very late.
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      Source: The Suffolk, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).