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Overview

Introduction to Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia is a Southern mid-Atlantic seaport and a vibrant cosmopolitan center. Festivals, attractions, and museums are all reasons millions of visitors make their way to the city and the surrounding area every year. Its long military and transportation history is another reason it is on the map. The Norfolk Naval Base, the world’s largest naval base, and the Norfolk Southern Railway, are both at the heart of this history. The city has streets that are pedestrian-friendly, restaurants and theaters that are trendy, and white sandy beaches that are only minutes away.

Norfolk Culture

Norfolk has many cultural offerings, from historic churches to cultural cruises to gospel festivals. The cultural experience in Norfolk is thriving and inviting, and it can be explored through a range of attractions, events, shopping, dining, and festivals. The city is known as the arts capital of Virginia. Performances by the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Virginia Opera, and the Commonwealth Theatre Company all add to the cultural richness of Norfolk. The Virginia Arts Festival is held in the city every April. The Chrysler Museum of Art has more than 30,000 original pieces of art. Punk, funk, and rock and roll bands can bee seen at the NorVa Theater, and the Naro Cinema showcases the latest in independent film.

Norfolk Sports and Leisure

There are many opportunities to catch sporting events or participate in leisure and recreational activities in Norfolk. The Lake Wright Golf Club offers the public a beautiful 18 hole, par 70 course. The American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals play in Norfolk for hockey fans. The city has a Recreational and Community Services division which hosts a variety of events and offers a range of activities to residents. There are two pools in operation year round and two other seasonal pools. The neighborhood parks and school grounds are located within the city’s park and parkway system. Many Recreation Centers are located throughout the city and are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for the residents of the city. There are also a number of dog parks in parks and open spaces throughout the city.

Norfolk Outdoors

There are many parks in Norfolk that give residents the chance to experience the great outdoors year round. Barraud Park has softball fields, playgrounds, and picnic shelters. Lafayette Park, one of the oldest parks in the city, offers scenic pathways and a boat ramp. Lakewood Park has nine tennis courts, two lighted baseball fields, and a playground. Northside Park features many walking paths, a wading pool, and outdoor basketball courts. The city also has three beach parks that give residents the opportunity to enjoy many aquatic activities. Ocean View Beach Park has lifeguards on duty in the summer, a boardwalk, and plenty of green space.

Norfolk at Night

Norfolk offers an array of exciting nightlife and something for every taste. Jillian’s downtown is a "playground for grown-ups" and features a video game room, billiards lounge, 2 dance clubs, and 2 restaurants. BAR Norfolk is an all-out party spot with a College Night every week and DJ Dancing every night. The Have a Nice Day Café has a 70s theme and features disco and rock music. Dixie’s Tavern has food like po-boys and etoufee and attracts an after-work crowd. The NorVa has brick walls, hardwood floors, and balconies, and it Ringo Starr and James Brown have appeared at its Concert Hall.

People

Total Population 245,452
Male Share of the Population 52.2%
Female Share of the Population 47.8%
Senior Citizens 9.7%
Employed Population 16+ 123,302
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 34.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.1%
Median Earnings25+ $32,079
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,683
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,895

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,578
% Above Poverty Level 79%
% Below Poverty Level 21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $970
Median House Value $193,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.2%
US/American 0%
English 5.7%
Irish 7.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Norfolk Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles W of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County
Metro Area Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News
Standard Zip Codes 23502, 23503, 23504, 23505, 23507, 23508, 23509, 23510, 23511, 23513, 23517, 23518, 23519, 23520, 23521, 23523, 23529
P.O. Box Zip Codes 23501, 23506, 23514, 23541
Company Zip Codes 23512, 23515, 23530, 23551
Phone Area Codes 757
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.88
Longitude -76.26

Norfolk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NORFOLK INTL AP
Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 67 F
Jul Temp 71 to 87 F
Oct Temp 53 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Station LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 47 F
Apr Temp 49 to 66 F
Jul Temp 72 to 85 F
Oct Temp 53 to 68 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Station SUFFOLK LAKE KILBY
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 47 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chesapeake 230,601 $78,923
Hampton 137,081 $60,693
Newport News 181,323 $58,040
Poquoson 12,077 $97,684
Portsmouth 96,135 $54,547
Virginia Beach 448,290 $77,614

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Norfolk Public Libraries

Library
Norfolk Public Library
301 EAST CITY HALL AVENUE
Norfolk, Virginia
(757) 664-7328
Library Web Site

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Norfolk Hospitals

SENTARA LEIGH HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
830 KEMPSVILLE RD
(800) 736-8272
Emergency Service: Yes

BON SECOURS - DEPAUL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
150 KINGSLEY LANE
(804) 489-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

SENTARA NORFOLK GENL HOSP
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
600 GRESHAM DR
(800) 736-8272
Emergency Service: Yes

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Norfolk High Schools

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GRANBY HIGH
7101 GRANBY ST
757-451-4110
Serves 2,304 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

MAURY HIGH
322 SHIRLEY AVE
757-628-3344
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,054 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

LAKE TAYLOR HIGH
1384 KEMPSVILLE RD
757-892-3200
Serves 1,547 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

NORVIEW HIGH
MIDDLETON PLACE
757-852-4500
Serves 1,510 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

B. T. WASHINGTON HIGH
1111 PARK AVE
757-628-3575
Serves 1,389 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

KINGS DAUGHTERS HOSP. EP.
601 CHILDRENS LN
757-668-7061
A Special Education School

NORFOLK JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER
1260 SECURITY LN.
757-892-3310
A Non-traditional School

NORFOLK GENERAL HOSP. EP.
800 W OLNEY RD
804-628-3000
A Special Education School

GOVERNOR SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
1335 W. 43RD STREET
757-451-4711
A Magnet School.

TIDEWATER REGIONAL ALTERNATIVE ED PROJECT
C/O SECEP CIRCLE EAST BLDG
757-892-6100
A Non-traditional School

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Old Custom House c1905.

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Old Custom House c1905.

Old Custom House c1905.

Court house between 1900 and 1910

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