Virginia Beach

America’s Best Places Rank: 8th
Population: 434,922
Mayor: William D. Sessoms, Jr.

Why it’s ranked: Endless miles of sandy beaches and a happening three-mile boardwalk, along with thousands of acres of parks, make Virginia Beach a beautiful place to live. The city has low unemployment, more than 1,000 restaurants to choose from, great schools, and low levels of crime.

How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor's degrees: 31.6
Percent under poverty level: 6.9
Median household income: $63,370
Violent crime rate: 208.6
Property crime rate: 3,062.8
School score: 72.66
Pro sports teams: 0
Foreclosure rate: .0091
Percent Unemployment: 6
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 77.7
Bars: 75
Restaurants: 1,097
Museums: 33
Colleges: 4
Libraries: 18
Air Quality Index: 88
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