Best Cities 2010: Norfolk, VA

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Best Cities 2010: Norfolk, VA

Norfolk is located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic ocean, so plenty of water fun can be found

City: Norfolk

State: Virginia

Best Cities Overall Rank: 66

About Norfolk:

Norfolk is located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic ocean, so plenty of water fun can be found. Enjoy fishing, boating, sailing, cruises, even crabbing, or rent a jet ski or water ski for the day.

With a quality children’s hospital and nine quality pediatricians, Norfolk has a health rank of 68 among the healthiest cities to live in.

County: Norfolk

Population: 234,220

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot 

Norfolk blogs: 

My Tidewater Moms

Diary of a Madwoman

Greased Laundry

Norfolk‘s Facebook page: Follow Norfolk on Facebook 

Norfolk‘s Twitter page: Follow Norfolk on Twitter 


Education rank: 51

High School graduation rate 2008: 72.1%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 3

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.28

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 4

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.71

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 266

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 16.2

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,682


Health rank: 54

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.43

Quality Pediatricians: 9

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 3.84

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.67


Safety rank: 72

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1,951

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 832.98

Sex Offenders: 658

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 280.93


Economy rank: 14           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21.7             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 913.53

Median Home Sale Price: $207,800                         

5-Year Home Value Index: 2.57%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 16.91%           


Recreation Rank: 97

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 503           

Parkland per 100,000: 214.76