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 242,617 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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Chesapeake, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 242,617
Daytime Population: Workers 100,652
Daytime Population: Residents 122,603
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 223,255
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.92
Population in Households 238,257
Population in Familes 204,819
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,360
Population Density2 712
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $72,328
Average Household Income $85,635
Per Capita Income $30,871


Total Housing Units 91,382 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 60,903 (66.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 25,461 (27.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,018 ( 5.5%)
Median Home Value $283,654
Average Home Value $314,624


Total Households 86,364
Average Household Size 2.76
Family Households 64,489
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.22% 1.25%
Households 1.14% 1.23%
Families 1.02% 1.15%
Median Household Income   1.33%
Per Capita Income   2.1%

Chesapeake, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chesapeake to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 Density # 313 47th
Diversity Index # 144 76th
Median Household Income # 159 73rd
Per Capita Income # 195 67th

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