Norfolk, Virginia (VA)

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Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States of America. With a population of 234,403 as of the 2000 census, Norfolk is Virginia's second-largest incorporated city. Norfolk is also one of few urban areas in Virginia showing a resurgence in population, with an estimated population of 238,832 in 2006, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.[3]
Norfolk is located in the Hampton Roads region, named for the large natural harbor of the same name located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk is one of nine cities and seven counties that constitute the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, officially known as the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA. The city is bordered to the west by the Elizabeth River and to the north by the Chesapeake Bay. It also shares land borders with the independent cities of Chesapeake to its south and Virginia Beach to its east. One of the oldest of the Seven Cities of Hampton Roads, Norfolk is considered to be the historic, urban, financial, and cultural center of the region.

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Total Population: 234,403
Cost of Living
Median Household Income: $31,815
Median Home Value: $88,400
State sales tax: 5.0%

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SweetBetsy (currently lives here; has lived here for Under 5 years):

"Boomers on the beautiful beach."

Each evening we walk our Lab and mini-poodle to the beach in Bayview to catch the waves. The beach is as beautiful as any East Coast beach around, but never close to crowded. Occasional young people, but mostly us boomers, it seems to me. Peaceful, clean, very swimmable.

Norfolk is a city, which I like, having moved from a too-big-now bi-level on an acre-plus in the Northern suburbs. It is beautiful there, but currently (bad sellers' market) we're renting out that Northern house, but I know we'll never move back North. I'm originally a city girl,, a New Yorker, so I am glad to be once again near next-door neighbors. There is no long commute to great culture -- the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, to which I've just bought season tickets, is an easy drive across the city ,about twenty minutes, to beautiful downtown Norfolk. The Chrysler Museum, though it's not the Met, is a fine museum. There are plenty of things to do down here and also in nearby Virginia Beach for music and art lovers, and we're happy retirees who will, a couple of times a year, go to NYC or Chicago (I hope) for theater.

I'm one of those white people who in the sixties worked for civil rights, in both the North and the South (Alabama). There is a genuine feeling of equality here in the Southeast today. My block in Bayview is completely integrated. There are lots of active Navy and Coast Guard families and retired military families. Yes, there are some right-wing nuts too, but not many more than in the Northern suburbs. The pace of life is slightly slower here, but now that I'm retired, that suits me just fine.

My 980 square-foot bungalow cost very little in this present housing market (short sale), and there were plenty of experts available to renovate it from a 3 bedroom -+1 bath + dining room to its present very modern 2 bedroom/walk-in closet, 1 1/2-bath, huge eat-in kitchen retirement home with central air and tankless water heater 2 blocks from the Bay. A perfect living space for a retired couple with adult children and grandkids who visit.

If you like gardening, Norfolk has the best weather conditions! Grapevines, figs, roses, plums, and those ubiquitous gorgeous long-flowering crepe myrtles. We have a lovely, large shaded back yard that we mow with an old-fashioned person-powered rotary push mower while our tractor up in the North sits in its shed. And we won't be shoveling much snow (though there was plenty here last Christmas, so bring one shovel but no need for a snow blower.)

Cost of living is lower. Medical facilities (Sentara) are more than adequate I understand (but haven't needed). Electricity and gas, including central air for the entire house 24/7 during this exceptionally hot July was $110. Taxes are less than $600 a year.

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