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A+ Virginia Beach Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Virginia Beach Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% higher than Virginia
Virginia Beach
11818% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Virginia Beach cost of living
A- Virginia Beach Crime Total crime is 4% higher than Virginia
Total crime
2,07225% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4925% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-12%Year over year crime is down
Virginia Beach crime
C+ Virginia Beach Employment Household income is 2% higher than Virginia
Median household income
$67,71922% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,25011% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%21% lower than the US average
Virginia Beach employment
F Virginia Beach Housing Home value is 6% higher than Virginia
Median home value
$262,20042% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,25833% higher than the US average
Home ownership
63%1% lower than the US average
Virginia Beach real estate or Virginia Beach rentals
A+ Virginia Beach Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Virginia
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
82%67% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Virginia Beach K-12 schools or Virginia Beach colleges

Living in Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach, Virginia is a big city with a population of 449,733 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Virginia Beach is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Virginia Beach has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 73% of the population is classified as married and 58% have kids.

Are you trying to decide if living in Virginia Beach is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before moving to any new city in Virginia, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. The best areas in Virginia Beach and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, weather, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Virginia and national averages.

Virginia Beach has a livability score of 77/100 and is ranked #102 in Virginia and #3,468 in the USA. This is a fantastic score, as Virginia Beach ranks well in multiple categories! Based on the scores for each individual category, Virginia Beach has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (B+) and education (A+). Virginia Beach does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (F). It might be a good idea 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 Virginia Beach, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Virginia Beach: Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and Sandbridge Beach.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Virginia Beach has a violent crime rate of 138 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

The Virginia Beach unemployment rate (1.14%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

Knowing that the Virginia Beach 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 82%, which is far higher than the national average.

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 Virginia Beach is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Virginia Beach come in at $262,200, which is 5.6% higher than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Virginia Beach, the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 2.6% higher than the Virginia average. Real estate appreciation rates in Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach homes comes in at 2.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 2.4%.

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Compare Virginia Beach, VA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Virginia Beach, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Great Bridge East, Chesapeake7617.917,164
Northeast, Virginia Beach76367,163
Greenbrier East, Chesapeake6812.824,977
Butts Station, Chesapeake6715.16,548

Best Cities Near Virginia Beach, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Scotland, VA8545.3157
Virginia Beach, VA770449,733
Bethel Manor, VA7529.94,181
Yorktown, VA7439.8165
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hampton, VA7323.7136,789
Newport News, VA7331.8181,606
Carrollton, VA7232.85,481
Suffolk, VA7134.687,061
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Never again to return to Va. Beach

We love Va. Beach, we travel 6hrs to visit, but this year was unreal.... like nothing we've ever seen here before, there were girls running around in thongs half naked, like really there is no need in their asses hanging out!!! we always have our young grandkids with us and I have to say it was very sad to see this beach turning into another trashy beach just like OC. We stopped going there over 20 years ago due to shit like this!!!!! I believe it to be very unacceptable for a family beach...and this year there were dogs on the beach!!!! We watched dogs pissing and shitting on the beach and we watched them just covered it up with sand, totally unacceptable (I hate to say it but it was all Mexicans with there dogs!!!) My grandkids play in this damn sand!!!! Then you have all the Mexicans setting up camp on the beaches with their tents and canopies and leaving no room for anyone else to be on the beach, this is bullshit...we pay alot of money to stay in these oceanfront hotels and you have them coming on the beaches from home/motels out in town somewhere and taking up all the beach space, that us paying high rate hotel bills have no place on the beaches due to them having tents and canopies set up all over, and they're there at 6am setting up so no one else can even get a spot in front of their hotel!!!!!! BULLSHIT!!! and they are the dirtiest people ever...they DO NOT CLEAN up their trash, they just leave the beaches all trashy and dirty, I find this unacceptable!!!! Hell we watched them get soap out and shower at the showers on the boardwalk while everyone has to stand and wait til they're done bathing to use the showers!!! However we will NOT be returning to Va. Beach with our family for vacation!!! And then you have the bicycles riding all over the boardwalk almost running people over when they need to be on the bike path ONLY!!! THERE IS NO BEACH POTROLE AT ALL!!! And this concerns me alot!!! Hell we set on the beach one day and watched 2 girls around 19 or 20yrs old literally change swimsuits right in front of everyone and NOT 1 LIFEGUARD said a damn word!!!!!! This once, great family vacation place has become so trashy and dirty, we will be heading more south next year!!! No tents/canopy aloud on NC/SC beaches!!!! And wow they have beach patrol everyday alday...Sad to say we will not be returning to your beaches, after over 20yrs of vacationing here. Va. Beach has gone to the dogs and Mexicans!!! No thank you!!!!And I am in NO WAY a racial person but enough is enough!!! And we've had enough!!!!We are DONE WITH VA. BEACH!!!!!!!!! My words mean nothing to yall I'm sure but I have said my peace!!!! And I feel better!!!!!! I wish I could attach the pics I have of all them on the beach and the filth they leave behind!!!!Last but not least you also have the homeless people making their beds and laying all over the benches starting at 9pm and no place for us paying vacationers to set and enjoy our ice cream or the veiw!!! This is so wrong in many ways!!!!!Sincerely, Very disappointed family
  • 7 -20
This is my review

I didnt stay here long, but I found it to be an amazing place to live. Highly recommend it to other people as a great place!
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Exploiting visitors and taxes

The city and rental property squeeze every penny out of you they can with taxes and fees and the exuberant cost to rent. To pay rent here you have to make $20.00 an hour. But the labor jobs here most pay under $12.00. The roads here with the recent snow storm of about 6" were ridiculous. It will be 7 days before kids were back in schools simply because the street dept refused to put the blades down on plows. They salted and sanded after the first day praying for warm weather while the roads froze over night for five nights. It was stupid and the department must be ran by morons. They spent a lot of money and sand salt and fuel but need to realize that those blades on the front of those trucks are for opening the roads.
  • 2 -1

This town sucks. I grew up here and never will return. Nothing like it used to be. This place has become nothing but a revenue stream for the corrupt city and state government and a poor excuse for a beach town. They tax everyone who passes through and god forbid stays for more than a minute. Residents who live there are leaving in droves because they can't afford to live there anymore because they get taxed for taking a s**t. Vacationers get taxed for driving on the roads, taxed for eating subpar food, taxed for parking their car, big brother cameras are everywhere (not for your protection, just so some pimple faced kid can look for violations to tax you some more). Crime rate is insane so its not safe to stay there. Don't get me started on the traffic- not because people love to be there, its because the road situation has not changed in over 50 years, but because the corrupt government officials pocket the money for infrastructure improvements. Nasty, nasty place.
  • 3 -1
Virginia Beach VA Great Vacations For Past Four Years !!!

We "Were" Myrtle Beach Vacationers !!! I am so glad that we changed to VA Beach !!! We are looking forward to our fifth year !!! No problems with anything. The city even has signs posted, NO CUSSING !!! Great boardwalk, always something going on !!! Love the chance to say THANK YOU to our military !!! We stay at Kamla Condos at 23rd Street. But, there are so many places to stay. The people are friendly and helpful. It safe to go out at night. The police department are on the job. They clean and wash the streets down. No trash on the beach. You just cannot ask for much more. !!! THANK YOU VIRGINIA BEACH !!!
  • 1 -1
A Terrible Experience

We drove over 7 hours to get to Virginia Beach. When we were at the beach, we were immediately attacked by someone doing surveys. Most websites give compensation, and we didn't get anything for being forced to take their stupid survey.When we got back to the car, it had a ticket for facing the wrong direction, which we didn't know, and when we called, the officer said there was nothing he could do once the citation was written.It has been clearly indirectly communicated that Virginia Beach is all about targeting tourists and vacationers and extracting as much money and whatever they can get out of them as possible. Terrible experience. Wouldn't come again. There are plenty of different beaches to enjoy where we aren't attacked by someone taking surveys and a police officer during the first hour of arrival.
  • 1 -1
I Lived In Virginia Beach, VA

When I lived in Virginia Beach, VA, I enjoyed a variety of wonderful things to see and do. The attractions in Virginia Beach include the beach, the amusement parks, the fun boardwalk and a lot more. For people that are visiting, the best thing to do is to stay at a hotel close to the beach. This way they can walk to a lot of the attractions in the area and be close to the all the action that the area provides for residents and visitors alike. With all there is to do and see, the place kept me busy after work and on weekends the whole time that I lived there.

Shopping is fun at the small shops. I found plenty of great items that I used as gifts each year when I lived there. The shops come and go, but you should always check them out, especially on the boardwalk. They have unique items that can't be found anywhere else, and I loved getting things for my family back in Pittsburgh, PA when I lived there.

Restaurants are fantastic in the area, especially if you love seafood. There are plenty to pick from. I love crab legs, so I made sure that I visited every seafood restaurant near the beach to get my fill of them. Another great thing about Virginia Beach, VA is that there are plenty of great things to do at night. From dancing to listening to bands, there is something for everyone.
  • 1 -1
Nice place to live depending on what you are looking for

I moved to Virginia Beach 2.5 years ago. Overall, it has been a pretty nice place to live. I think it really depends on what you are looking for and what your preferences are if you would like living here. Virginia Beach covers a large area, so it is very diverse. There is the Oceanfront, which has the boardwalk and is a tourist destination during the summer. There is a nice small, quiet beach community off of the Chesapeake Bay, "Town Center," a newly developed commercial area, farm land (with awesome fresh strawberries), to the south there is Sandbridge, a quieter beach without a boardwalk, and lots of other areas in between.

I have seen reviews saying traffic is bad, but that depends on what your frame of reference is. I have lived in Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, and other places where the traffic was what I would consider worse on a daily basis. So, I will take the traffic here, although I do not have to commute via any bridges or tunnels.

Even though Virginia Beach has over 500,000 residents, don't expect there to be a "city" vibe, or any kind of downtown type atmosphere with a Main St. If you are looking for a walkable place where you don't need a car, this may not be the place for you. There are buses and you can walk and get around anywhere at the Oceanfront, but aside from there, you would need a car to get around to most places.

Whether the cost of living is good or bad, really depends again on what your frame of reference is. Compared to most other places I have live (20+ overall), Virginia Beach has been the most affordable for me. I currently rent a 2 BR, 2BA home, one block from the beach with all appliances, off street parking for $1 per sq foot in rent.

As for stuff to do, again, depends on what you like. Living near the water definitely has perks if you like boating activities. There are lots of parks around to walk, run, ride bikes. I do not have kids, but I think Virginia Beach is a very family friendly place with lots of family activities in all areas, especially at the boardwalk. During the summer there is free live music and shows at several locations at the boardwalk every day. Plenty of festivals and events to attend in the summer and fall. I cannot speak to the night life here, although we do go out to eat often and find there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.

If you are visiting, enjoy the Oceanfront, find out what local events/festivals are going on, check out the aquarium and the new tree top adventure park, the petting zoo at Hunt Club Farm, rent a surrey or beach cruiser and ride the bike path at the boardwalk, visit Cape Henry Lighthouse and take a dolphin cruise out on the Chesapeake Bay.
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A Virginia Beach Resident's Perspective

I have lived in Virginia Beach for 25 years and it is completely different that when I first moved there. Although most people wouldn't know it, most of Virginia Beach's land is agricultural. The landscape is changing, though, as commercial shopping centers and sprawling suburbia keep expanding. Traffic is horrendous at any time of year in Virginia Beach and the surrounding cities of Hampton Roads. Parking at the Oceanfront is expensive unless you are a Virginia Beach resident.

The citizenship in Virginia Beach is diverse but some areas should be avoided, as in any city. Crime rates and gang activity have increased over the years. The Oceanfront area is safe for families during the day. Avoid the Oceanfront at night, or park as close to your destination as possible. Crowds of people hang out on street corners and sometimes law enforcement has difficulty keeping them under control.

I am used to finding cheap entertainment but it's difficult in Virginia Beach. There is a strong military presence so the nightlife can be a little rowdy at times. It is a tourist destination and summers are jam packed with out-of-towners, many of whom are pushy and rude. It's best to rely on word of mouth for entertainment instead of hitting the usual tourist traps, especially at the Oceanfront. The best bet is to head to the newer Virginia Beach Town Center, which is a lot of fun for both yung urban professionals and middle aged adults. Ask locals for a recommendation on non-chain restaurants.
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Virginia Beach Is Fun in the Sun

My wife and I love to travel to Virginia Beach. If you enjoy the beach and amenities that a friendly community can provide, then Virginia Beach is for you. Activities center on the 28-feet wide boardwalk. It runs parallel to the beach and provides two separate lanes. One is for walkers and the other for bicycles, roller blades, and surreys. Park benches scattered along it make it even more pleasant. There are also two small amusement parks for children. From Thanksgiving until Christmas, the beachfront is lavishly decorated with lights.

We enjoy renting bicycles to ride the boardwalk and through the city, but mostly we enjoy wading in the ocean and relaxing on the beautiful, sandy beach. The best place to stay in Virginia Beach is in one of the high-rise hotels that overlook the ocean, but cheaper accommodations are available just one or two blocks away. When you get hungry, there is a wide variety of chain restaurants in Virginia Beach plus many local places.
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