Best Places ranks thousands of places to live based on key analysis, data and statistics from the United States Census and our expert opinions on the best places to live. Start your review of Virginia Beach Members receive 10 FREE city profile downloads per month, unlimited access to our detailed cost-of-living calculator and analysis, unlimited access to our data engine and more. The city ranked sixth out of the 30 ranked metropolitan areas. It was also ranked as the best city in the Virginia Beach metropolitan area, with an overall rating of A.
Portsmouth was the lowest ranked city in the Virginia Beach metropolitan area, receiving a D rating overall. A study conducted by Apartment List ranked Virginia Beach as one of the best cities for metropolitan families. Virginia Beach's high ranking, Stackhouse said, is due in part to all of the neighboring cities in the region, from Williamsburg to Newport News and Chesapeake. The Virginia Beach ranking allowed Hampton Roads to remain among the 10 best after-sales cities in Navy Federal Credit Union, a national survey that the credit union has published for the past five years.
Among the reasons Virginia Beach ranked among the top cities are the nine Veterans Affairs hospitals and the nearly three dozen veterans service offices.