Suffolk, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Suffolk, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Suffolk had a population of 90,717 as of July 1, 2016. Suffolk ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Suffolk is located at latitude 36.6972 and longitude -76.6348 in Suffolk (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Suffolk (see map below) encompass a land area of 400.18 sq. miles and a water area of 28.91 sq. miles. Suffolk (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 49 feet.

The City of Suffolk (GNIS ID: 1498560) 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 Suffolk population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Suffolk: Constances Warehouse, Contant's Wharf, Sleepy Hole.

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


Total Population 90,717
Population in Households 89,615
Population in Familes 77,302
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,102
Population Density1 227
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 32,843
Average Household Size 2.73
Family Households 24,470
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 35,540 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 23,396 (65.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,447 (26.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,697 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $255,060
Average Home Value $300,145


Median Household Income $66,037
Average Household Income $80,594
Per Capita Income $29,562
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.13% 1.22%
Households 1.0% 1.14%
Families 0.9% 1.07%
Median Household Income   2.05%
Per Capita Income   1.17%
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.

Suffolk, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Suffolk 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 # 11 98th
Population Density1 # 472 21st
Diversity Index2 # 143 76th
Median Household Income # 180 70th
Per Capita Income # 201 66th

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