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Chesapeake, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Chesapeake is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Chesapeake (city) County at latitude 36.6794 and longitude -76.3018. Chesapeake (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Chesapeake, but most people and references simply refer to it as Chesapeake, Virginia.

The P1 Census Class Code for Chesapeake indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

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

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Chesapeake, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 231,871
Population in Households 227,339
Population in Familes 195,757
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,532
Population Density1 680
Diversity Index2 58


Total Households 83,180
Average Household Size 2.73
Family Households 62,414
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 87,487 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 59,236 (67.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 23,944 (27.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,307 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $264,805
Average Home Value $294,597


Median Household Income $67,764
Average Household Income $85,560
Per Capita Income $30,775
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.01% 1.15%
Households 1.05% 1.22%
Families 0.96% 1.16%
Median Household Income   2.49%
Per Capita Income   2.74%
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.


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, 2014 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 # 316 47th
Diversity Index2 # 151 75th
Median Household Income # 158 73rd
Per Capita Income # 172 71st

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