Virginia Beach is a coastal town that has something for everyone!. Do you want to know if there is a Virginia Beach neighborhood for you? I’ll go over my top picks for black families and young black professionals and singles!
This is an ideal location for young families who are just starting out. Kempsville is an older, more established neighborhood close to everything. Housing is affordable with the median price for homes being $263,800. Rent averages at $1,379.
The neighborhood offers all the expected local amenities including shopping centers and a variety of dining options. There’s a suburban feel while still being a short drive to Virginia Beach.
For the family who loves staying busy on the weekends. I recommend checking out Mount Trashmore. This is a great park that hosts events all year long. They have a fun play area called Kids Cove, with great spaces for kids of all ages. There’s also Kempsville Greens Municipal Golf Course for the athletes in the family.
Kempsville public schools have high ratings. Several private specialized and church-run schools and daycare programs cater to the area as well.
Recorded crime rates for Kempsville depend on where you live in the neighborhood, either averaging 91% above or 24% lower than the national average. While I think this should be taken with a grain of salt, you want all the information you can get when making the right choice for your family.
The Christian Broadcasting Network and Regent University are big employers in the area. In Kempsville, you have easy access to I-264 for your commute. You’re central to Virginia Beach and the rest of the Hampton Roads region.
Chesapeake is a newer developing area that’s still largely surrounded by older undeveloped farmland. It’s a nice suburban environment with lots to do. The median home price is $273,700, and rent averages $1279.
This area is packed with all kinds of parks with different amenities. I recommend the gorgeous Chesapeake City Park. It has the Fun Forest, a 3-acre playground with everything you can think of like underground tunnels, and a massive playground with a swinging bridge.
Bergey’s Farm has stuff going on all year long, including a petting zoo and a corn maze in the fall. In the area, you’ll also have your choice of family-friendly restaurants, grocery stores, and all the popular big-name stores.
For those with their eye on Chesapeake, you’ll be happy to know that the area boasts some of the highest-ranking and most diverse public schools in the state of Virginia.
While Chesapeake’s crime rate is 10% higher than the national average, it’s important to note that the Virginia Beach area has reportedly seen a decreasing crime rate of 7% year over year.
State Route 165 runs through Chesapeake, making a smooth commute to Norfolk and the surrounding area. For those in the medical field, there’s the Chesapeake General Hospital for work.
For a change of pace on our list, Little Neck is a better fit for families who prefer a more urban environment. There’s a sizable range in prices for homes in the area, so it really depends on what you’re looking for. The median price for homes is $306,500, and rent averages $1,338.
This neighborhood is adjacent to Virginia Beach’s Town Center, so you’ll have all the amenities of the city minutes from your suburban neighborhood. Do some designer brand shopping or check out the local farmer’s market.
Take the whole family to the popular Little Neck Swim and Racket. There’s also Little Neck Park with over 70-acres of trails and basketball and volleyball courts. While you’re there, enjoy a picnic with views of the water.
There are several high-ranking public schools and private daycares in Little Neck. Families may also like to know that Cape Henry Collegiate High School is also in the area.
Crime rates in Little Neck are 10% lower than the national average.
Take a straight drive down Little Neck Road or take Virginia Beach Boulevard, which cuts through the area. This is a convenient location for all kinds of jobs in this area, especially for those in the military, in finance, or the medical field.
For young black professionals who want to be where things are happening, I recommend checking out Town Center. For those who can afford it, consider a high-rise apartment building inside the business district, or pay a little less by skirting Town Center. The median home costs $212,900, and rent averages $1,359.
Check out the Funny Bones Comedy Club or the Zeiders American Dream Theater, hosting all kinds of local talent. There’s plenty of shopping to do.
Whether you’re on a romantic date or relaxing after work, check out the area’s wine bars, steak houses, or seafood restaurants with beach views.
Visit the Pembroke Mall for all your designer brands, or stop by ViBe Creative District for all things handcrafted. There are farmers’ markets and surf shops where you can meet people with the same interests as you.
The crime rate for the area is 91% higher than the national average, which young black singles may want to be aware of when considering a move to Virginia Beach.
Town Center is the place to live if you want to be close to work. It’s also off Virginia Beach Boulevard and Virginia Beach Expressway, making it a simple commute to other parts of Hampton Roads.
Located on the northern edge of Virginia Beach, this neighborhood is perfect for older or more laid-back singles and professionals looking for a more affluent style of life but also a quiet beach town feel. The median home costs $299,900, and rent averages $1,420.
Chic’s Beach is a sleepy neighborhood with beautiful large homes near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Relax on your beachfront property with a book or hike Pleasure House Point Nature Area. It’s also a great spot for boating and fishing.
You’re also near the Cape Henry Lighthouse, a secluded area where you can spend a day in the water. If you feel like connecting with friends or meeting new people, Chic’s Beach hosts regular street festivals with live music and food trucks.
Crime rates in the area are 91% higher than the national average, but this listing seems to be skewed based on available information. Look at all the info and make the best choice for yourself, especially if you will be living alone. What matters is that you feel safe in your home.
The great part about living in any of these Virginia Beach neighborhoods is the ease of access you have to the interstate. In Chic’s Beach, you’re just off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, so you can commute to other towns easily if you need to.
Those considering making Virginia home will be happy to hear that the reported violent crime rate for the state is 208 on a scale of 1200. That’s almost cutting in half the national average.
Virginia ranks 2.48 on a scale of 4.5 when it comes to peacefulness.
This means that while there tends to be regular homicide activity in Virginia, police presence and protective measures have positively impacted the percentage of crime in the state, making it a safe place for you and your loved ones to live.
Virginia Beach is home to a population that is 19% black/African American. A balanced 50.8% of residents are listed as female. The largest age group is 18-65 years of age at 57.1%, followed by 22.3% being under 18 years, and 13.7% being over 65 years.
I think it’s important to mention that locals say in forums that this is a great place for black families, young professionals, and singles. They say that the area feels pretty integrated, diverse, and safe.
Virginia Beach is a sprawling suburban community on the coast with all kinds of opportunities for black people. Consider planning a visit to see if it’s the right place for you.