Chesapeake, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Chesapeake, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Chesapeake is the 3rd largest city in Virginia with a population of 236,285 as of July 1, 2015. Chesapeake ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chesapeake is located at latitude 36.6794 and longitude -76.3018 in Chesapeake (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chesapeake (see map below) encompass a land area of 340.79 sq. miles and a water area of 10.08 sq. miles. Chesapeake (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The City of Chesapeake (GNIS ID: 1498558) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chesapeake population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chesapeake: Chesapeack, Norfolk County, South Norfolk.

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Chesapeake, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 236,285
Population in Households 231,898
Population in Familes 199,790
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,387
Population Density1 693
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 84,896
Average Household Size 2.73
Family Households 63,585
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 89,013 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 60,078 (67.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 24,818 (27.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,117 ( 4.6%)
Median Home Value $284,483
Average Home Value $313,636


Median Household Income $64,955
Average Household Income $87,281
Per Capita Income $31,438
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.18% 1.36%
Households 1.24% 1.42%
Families 1.13% 1.35%
Median Household Income   2.66%
Per Capita Income   2.49%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Chesapeake, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chesapeake to the other 591 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density1 # 315 47th
Diversity Index2 # 146 75th
Median Household Income # 178 70th
Per Capita Income # 186 69th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.