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Pros

-Nearby water recreation
-Educated population
-Stable economy

Cons

-Growth and sprawl
-Rising costs
-Air service


What Bert Has To Say About Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metro Area


This complex area straddles the waterway known as Hampton Roads, a large bay that empties into the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest metropolitan area in the state in terms of population, and offers an interesting mix of urban, suburban, waterfront and inland environments. The cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth are to the south of the waterway, with the large and rapidly growing Virginia Beach located a few miles to the east along the Atlantic Shore. Hampton and Newport News lie to the north across a long bridge-tunnel connection. The natural harbor makes for one of the best ports on the East Coast, and shipping and shipbuilding activity are paramount, along with fishing and seaport-related commerce.


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Quick Facts About Norfolk


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Norfolk is 6.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Norfolk jobs have Increased by 1.72 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Norfolk's cost of living is 1.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Norfolk's population is 243,056 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 3.69 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Norfolk is $173,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.10 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Norfolk public schools spend $10,716 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 14.7 students per teacher in Norfolk.

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Comments


Living in Norfolk by the Sea
I have lived in Norfolk since 1983. It's the city at the center of the "Hampton Roads" region, which consists of roughly 7 competing cities all within a stone's throw... (read more)
A Disappointing, mediocre military town
I have lived here in Norfolk for over 16.5 years and I would highly recommend that(if you are not a military service member,dependent, retiree, civil servant or DOD... (read more)
Cleaner streets, a challenge.
I have been a Norfolk resident for close to 50 years. I have worked and retired here.I like our city even with it's problems. It has afforded me a living, and many... (read more)
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