Norfolk, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Norfolk, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Norfolk is the 2nd largest city in Virginia with a population of 246,062 as of July 1, 2016. Norfolk ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Norfolk is located at latitude 36.923 and longitude -76.2446 in Norfolk (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Norfolk (see map below) encompass a land area of 54.08 sq. miles and a water area of 42.26 sq. miles. Norfolk (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The City of Norfolk (GNIS ID: 1498557) 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 Norfolk population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Norfolk, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 246,062
Population in Households 213,472
Population in Familes 156,767
Population in Group Qrtrs 32,590
Population Density1 4,550
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 88,615
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 51,499
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 98,064 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 38,692 (39.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 49,923 (50.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,449 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $208,875
Average Home Value $278,152


Median Household Income $43,563
Average Household Income $60,006
Per Capita Income $23,761
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.21% 0.22%
Households 0.39% 0.34%
Families 0.23% 0.23%
Median Household Income   -0.88%
Per Capita Income   1.11%
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.

Norfolk, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Norfolk to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 41 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 91 85th
Median Household Income # 356 40th
Per Capita Income # 345 42nd

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