Best Cities 2010: Chesapeake, VA

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Best Cities 2010:  Chesapeake, VA

Home to the Dismal Swamp Canal trail, Chesapeake is an outdoor lover’s paradise, with lots of walking, running, horseback riding, and boating.

City: Chesapeake

State: Virginia

Best Cities Overall Rank: 45

About Chesapeake: The Dismal Swamp Canal trail is open to bicycling, walking, running, horseback riding, and boating, running south 8.5 miles, adjacent to the Canal. George Washington’s company surveyed parts of the Refuge and the swamp is nationally recognized as a stop on the Underground Railroad!

Chesapeake is ranked 79th amongst our cities for crime and 66th for its strong economy.

County: Chesapeake

Population: 220,111

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Virginian Pilot

Chesapeake blogs: Chesapeake Mommies 

Chesapeake‘s Facebook page: Follow Chesapeake on Facebook 

Chesapeake‘s Twitter page: Follow Chesapeake on Twitter


Education rank: 82

High School graduation rate 2008: 87.79%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 1

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.45

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 266

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 18.6

Total Expenditures Per Student: $11,253


Health rank: 76

Quality children’s hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 44

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1254

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 569.71

Sex Offenders: 487

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 221.25


Economy rank: 30

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 23.89      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8         

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 913.53

Median Home Sale Price: $236,500                   

5-Year Home Value Index: -0.20%                       

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 17.33%      


Recreation Rank:  62

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2068          

Parkland per 100,000: 939.53