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Chesapeake, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Chesapeake is the 3rd largest city in Virginia with a population of 248,720 as of July 1, 2019. 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 36.819 and longitude -76.2749 in Chesapeake (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chesapeake 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.

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

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Chesapeake, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Chesapeake, VA Housing Affordability Index is 132
State of Virginia Housing Affordability Index is 126
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Chesapeake, VA Wealth Index is 118
State of Virginia Wealth Index is 124
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 248,720
Population in Households 244,434
Population in Families 210,281
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,286
Population Density 735
Diversity Index1 61
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $78,981
Average Household Income $97,683
Per Capita Income $34,880
Wealth Index3 118

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 92,765 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 63,469 (68.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 25,302 (27.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,994 ( 4.3%)
Median Home Value $287,592
Housing Affordability Index2 132
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 88,771
Average Household Size 2.75
Family Households 66,389
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 1.23% 1.15%
Households 1.19% 1.15%
Families 1.11% 1.09%
Median Household Income   1.82%
Per Capita Income   2.25%

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, 2019 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 # 303 49th
Diversity Index # 140 77th
Median Household Income # 164 73rd
Per Capita Income # 198 67th

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