The 5 Cheapest Chesapeake, VA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2024

The cheapest Chesapeake neighborhoods are Western Branch North and Western Branch South for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

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Everything else equal, we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Chesapeake might be more expensive than living in rural Virginia, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

What exactly are those Chesapeake neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and determine which neighborhoods in Chesapeake are the cheapest using Saturday Night Science.

The Cheapest Neighborhoods In Chesapeake For 2024

  1. Western Branch North
  2. Western Branch South
  3. Deep Creek South
  4. Deep Creek North
  5. Indian River

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Chesapeake for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Western Branch North looks to be the cheapest Chesapeake neighborhood to live in.

At this point, we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Chesapeake. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates for more space and cheaper groceries.

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

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Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 5 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Chesapeake For 2024

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Population: 16,846
Cost Of Living Index: 104 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.9 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (cheapest)
More on Western Branch North: Data | Real Estate

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Population: 16,377
Cost Of Living Index: 106 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.7 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (4th cheapest)
More on Western Branch South: Data | Real Estate

Deep Creek South Chesapeake, VA

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Population: 11,774
Cost Of Living Index: 112 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.7 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (3rd cheapest)
More on Deep Creek South: Data | Real Estate

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Population: 17,897
Cost Of Living Index: 97 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.0 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (10th cheapest)
More on Deep Creek North: Data | Real Estate

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Population: 23,332
Cost Of Living Index: 100 (3rd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.1 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (12th cheapest)
More on Indian River: Data | Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Chesapeake Hoods In 2024

To rank the cheapest places to live in Chesapeake, we had to determine what criteria define “cheap” and then apply Saturday Night Science.

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

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 13 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index, the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Chesapeake.” We’re lookin’ at you, Western Branch North.

We updated this article for 2024. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Chesapeake. Skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city, from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In Chesapeake

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Chesapeake where prices are low, and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

The most affordable neighborhoods in Chesapeake are Western Branch North, Western Branch South, Deep Creek South, Deep Creek North, Indian River, Greenbrier West, Great Bridge, Great Bridge East, Greenbrier East, and South Norfolk.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Chesapeake aren’t all cheap. Pleasant Grove West takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Chesapeake.

The most expensive neighborhoods in Chesapeake are Pleasant Grove West, Butts Station, Deep Creek West-Dismal Swamp, South Norfolk, and Greenbrier East.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Chesapeake For 2024

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Western Branch North 104
2 Western Branch South 106
3 Deep Creek South 112
4 Deep Creek North 97
5 Indian River 100
6 Greenbrier West 113
7 Great Bridge 117
8 Great Bridge East 113
9 Greenbrier East 114
10 South Norfolk 97
11 Deep Creek West-Dismal Swamp 113
12 Butts Station 116
13 Pleasant Grove West 118
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.

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