THE 3 BEST Neighborhoods In Virginia Beach For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Virginia Beach are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Virginia Beach.
Best Neighborhoods In Virginia Beach

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Virginia Beach, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Virginia Beach neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Virginia Beach are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Virginia and Virginia Beach is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach for 2020:

  1. Central Business District (Homes)
  2. Virginia Beach Town Center (Homes)
  3. Hilltop Shopping Area (Homes)

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Virginia Beach for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Central Business District looks to be the best Virginia Beach neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Virginia Beach that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Virginia Beach.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 3 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Virginia Beach

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Virginia Beach

Population: 3,422
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $214,608 (First best)
Median Income: $57,700 (Second best)
More on Central Business District: Homes For Sale | Data

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Virginia Beach

Population: 348
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $214,706 (Second best)
Median Income: $51,134 (First best)
More on Virginia Beach Town Center: Homes For Sale | Data

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Virginia Beach

Population: 1,124
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $781,210 (Third best)
Median Income: $91,584 (Third best)
More on Hilltop Shopping Area: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Virginia Beach, VA Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 3 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Virginia Beach." We're lookin' at you, Central Business District.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Virginia Beach, Virginia has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Virginia Beach

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Virginia Beach where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Virginia Beach aren't all good. Hilltop Shopping Area takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Virginia Beach.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Virginia Beach For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Central Business District 3,422 $214,608 $57,700
2 Virginia Beach Town Center 348 $214,706 $51,134
3 Hilltop Shopping Area 1,124 $781,210 $91,584

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.