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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population245,724
Male Share of the Population52.1%
Female Share of the Population47.9%
Senior Citizens9.9%
Employed Population 16+124,486
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married34.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.6%
Median Earnings25+$32,131
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,501
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,369

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,219
% Above Poverty Level79%
% Below Poverty Level21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.3%
% Using Public Transportation3.9%

Housing

People Living Alone32.8%
Median Gross Rent$980
Median House Value$193,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)49.6%
German7.9%
Irish7.6%
English5.6%
Italian3.4%
African2.1%
French Except Basque1.7%
Polish1.4%
Scottish1.4%
Dutch0.8%
West Indian0.8%
Norwegian0.5%
Russian0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Arab0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Jamaican0.3%
Greek0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Haitian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Norfolk Almanac

CategoryValue
County Norfolk City, Norfolk city, Virginia Beach City
Standard Zip Codes23502, 23503, 23504, 23505, 23507, 23508, 23509, 23510, 23513, 23517, 23518, 23519, 23520, 23521, 23523, 23511
P.O. Box Zip Codes23501, 23506, 23514, 23541
Company Zip Codes23512, 23515, 23529, 23551
Phone Area Codes757
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude36.84
Approximate Longitude-76.28

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)

StationNORFOLK INTL AP
Distance3.6 miles
Jan Temp32 to 48 F
Apr Temp48 to 67 F
Jul Temp71 to 87 F
Oct Temp53 to 69 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches
StationLANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE
Distance14.9 miles
Jan Temp32 to 47 F
Apr Temp49 to 66 F
Jul Temp72 to 85 F
Oct Temp53 to 68 F
Annual Precip47.9 inches
StationSUFFOLK LAKE KILBY
Distance21.4 miles
Jan Temp30 to 49 F
Apr Temp47 to 70 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 71 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chesapeake233,194$80,359
Hampton136,789$60,491
Newport News181,606$59,079
Poquoson12,068$99,519
Portsmouth96,071$56,377
Virginia Beach449,733$79,014

Norfolk Public Libraries

Norfolk Public Library
1155 PINERIDGE ROAD
Norfolk, Virginia
(757) 664-7328

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Norfolk Hospitals

Bon Secours Depaul Medical Center
(Non-profit)
150 Kingsley Lane
(757) 889-5000
Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
1309 Kempsville Road
(757) 461-5000
Sentara Leigh Ambulatory Surgery Center
(Non-profit)
838 Kempsville Road
(757) 466-6600
Virginia Surgery Center
(Proprietary)
241 Corporate Boulevard
(757) 965-4210
Children's Hospital Of The Kings Daughters
(Non-profit)
601 Childrens Lane
(757) 668-7000
Hospital For Extended Recovery
(Non-profit)
600 Gresham Drive
(757) 668-1700
Sentara Leigh Hospital
(Non-profit)
830 Kempsville Road
(757) 261-6000
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
(Non-profit)
600 Gresham Drive
(757) 388-3000

Norfolk Public Schools

Easton Preschool
6045 Curlew Dr
ZIP: 23502
(757) 892-3290
Primary
Total Enrollment 175
Fairlawn Elem
1132 Wade St
ZIP: 23502
(757) 892-3260
Primary
Total Enrollment 298
Ingleside Elem
976 Ingleside Rd
ZIP: 23502
(757) 892-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Lake Taylor High
1384 Kempsville Rd
ZIP: 23502
(757) 892-3200
High
Total Enrollment 1280
Lake Taylor Middle
1380 Kempsville Rd
ZIP: 23502
(757) 892-3230
Middle
Total Enrollment 903
Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center
1260 Security Ln.
ZIP: 23502
(757) 892-3310
Norfolk Technical Ctr
1330 N Military Hwy
ZIP: 23502
(757) 892-3300
Poplar Halls Elem
5523 Pebble Lane
ZIP: 23502
(757) 892-3280
Primary
Total Enrollment 366
Southeastern Coop Ed Pgm
6160 Kempsville Cr., Suite 300b
ZIP: 23502
(757) 892-6100
Tidewater Regional Alternative Ed Project
C/o Secep Circle East Bldg, 861 Glenrock Rd
ZIP: 23502
(757) 892-6100
Bay View Elem
1434 Bay View Blvd
ZIP: 23503
(757) 531-3030
Primary
Total Enrollment 734
Mary Calcott Elem
137 Westmont Avenue
ZIP: 23503
(757) 531-3039
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Northside Middle
8720 Granby St
ZIP: 23503
(757) 531-3150
Middle
Total Enrollment 821
Ocean View Elem
9501 Mason Creek Rd
ZIP: 23503
(757) 531-3105
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
Oceanair Elem
600 Dudley Ave
ZIP: 23503
(757) 531-3095
Primary
Total Enrollment 553
Willoughby Elem
9500 4th View St
ZIP: 23503
(757) 531-3127
Primary
Total Enrollment 204
Booker T. Washington High
1111 Park Ave
ZIP: 23504
(757) 628-3575
High
Total Enrollment 1133
Camp Allen Elem
1111 Park Ave
ZIP: 23504
(757) 451-4170
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Campostella Elem
2600 E Princess Anne Rd
ZIP: 23504
(757) 628-2555
Primary
Total Enrollment 675
Chesterfield Academy Elem
2915 Westminster Ave
ZIP: 23504
(757) 628-2544
Primary
Total Enrollment 501
Jacox Elem
1300 Marshall Ave
ZIP: 23504
(757) 628-2433
Primary
Total Enrollment 683
Lindenwood Elem
2700 Ludlow St
ZIP: 23504
(757) 628-2577
Primary
Total Enrollment 417
Richard Bowling Elem
2861 E Princess Anne Rd
ZIP: 23504
(757) 628-2515
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Ruffner Middle
610 May Ave.
ZIP: 23504
(757) 628-2466
Middle
Total Enrollment 791
Tidewater Park Elem
1045 E Brambleton Ave
ZIP: 23504
(757) 628-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 274
Crossroads School
8021 Old Ocean View Rd.
ZIP: 23505
(757) 531-3050
Primary
Total Enrollment 937
Granby Elem
7101 Newport Ave
ZIP: 23505
(757) 451-4150
Primary
Total Enrollment 670
Granby High
7101 Granby St
ZIP: 23505
(757) 451-4110
High
Total Enrollment 2015
Norfolk Alternative High
3700 Bowden Ferry Rd
ZIP: 23505
(757) 628-3417
Sewells Point Elem
7928 Hampton Blvd
ZIP: 23505
(757) 451-4160
Primary
Total Enrollment 627
Suburban Park Elem
310 Thole St
ZIP: 23505
(757) 531-3118
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Kings Daughters Hosp. Ep.
601 Childrens Ln, Rob3
ZIP: 23507
(757) 668-7061
Other
Walter Herron Taylor Elem
1122 W. Princess Anne Road
ZIP: 23507
(757) 628-2525
Primary
Total Enrollment 417
James Monroe Elem
520 W 29th St
ZIP: 23508
(757) 628-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Larchmont Elem
1145 Bolling Ave
ZIP: 23508
(757) 451-4180
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
Madison Alternative
3700 Bowden Ferry Rd
ZIP: 23508
(757) 628-3417
Norfolk Alternative Middle
3700 Bowden Ferry Rd
ZIP: 23508
(757) 628-3417
Lafayette-winona Middle
1701 Alsace Ave
ZIP: 23509
(757) 628-2477
Willard Model Elem
1511 Willow Wood Dr
ZIP: 23509
(757) 628-2721
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
Gov. Sch. For The Arts
254 Granby Street
ZIP: 23510
(757) 451-4711
P.b. Young Sr. Elem
543 E. Olney Rd
ZIP: 23510
(757) 628-2588
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Coleman Place Elem
2445 Palmyra St.
ZIP: 23513
(757) 852-4641
Primary
Total Enrollment 745
Norfolk Re-ed
900 Asbury Ave.
ZIP: 23513
(757) 892-3960
Norview Elem
6401 Chesapeake Blvd
ZIP: 23513
(757) 852-4660
Primary
Total Enrollment 487
Norview High
6501 Chesapeake Blvd
ZIP: 23513
(757) 852-4500
High
Total Enrollment 1901
Norview Middle
6325 Sewells Point Rd
ZIP: 23513
(757) 852-4600
Middle
Total Enrollment 1206
Sherwood Forest Elem
3035 Sherwood Forest Lane
ZIP: 23513
(757) 852-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 614
Tanners Creek Elem
1335 Longdale Dr
ZIP: 23513
(757) 852-4555
Primary
Total Enrollment 659
The Academy Of International Studies At Rosemont
1330 Branch Rd.
ZIP: 23513
(757) 852-4610
Traep - Norfolk
900 Asbury Ave.
ZIP: 23513
(757) 892-3960
Blair Middle
730 Spotswood Ave
ZIP: 23517
(757) 628-2400
Middle
Total Enrollment 1400
Ghent School
200 Shirley Ave
ZIP: 23517
(757) 628-2565
Primary
Total Enrollment 513
Maury High
322 Shirley Ave
ZIP: 23517
(757) 628-3344
High
Total Enrollment 1590
Azalea Middle
7721 Azalea Garden Rd
ZIP: 23518
(757) 531-3000
Middle
Total Enrollment 1038
Larrymore Elem
7600 Halprin Dr
ZIP: 23518
(757) 531-3070
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
Little Creek Elem
7900 Tarpon Place
ZIP: 23518
(757) 531-3080
Primary
Total Enrollment 815
Tarrallton Elem
2080 Tarrallton Dr
ZIP: 23518
(757) 531-1800
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Berkley/campostella Early Childhood Center
1530 Cypress St
ZIP: 23523
(757) 494-3870
Primary
Total Enrollment 159
St. Helena Elem
903 S Main St
ZIP: 23523
(757) 494-3884
Primary
Total Enrollment 345

Norfolk Private Schools

Norfolk Academy
1585 Wesleyan Dr
ZIP: 23502
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1227
Norfolk Montessori Academy
979 Ingleside Rd
ZIP: 23502
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 13
St Peter's Episcopal Day School
224 S Military Hwy
ZIP: 23502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Ocean View Christian Academy
9504 Selby Pl
ZIP: 23503
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
St John Lutheran School
8918 Tidewater Dr
ZIP: 23503
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Faith Academy School Of Excellence
1010 E 26th St
ZIP: 23504
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 79
Mcdonald Montessori
4200 Granby St
ZIP: 23504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Loch-meadow Kindergarten
7400 Hampton Blvd
ZIP: 23505
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Norfolk Christian Schools
255 Thole St
ZIP: 23505
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 742
Norfolk Collegiate School
7336 Granby St
ZIP: 23505
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 690
Trinity Lutheran Church School
6001 Granby St
ZIP: 23505
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
First Presbyterian Preschool
820 Colonial Ave
ZIP: 23507
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Ghent Montessori School
610 Mowbray Arch
ZIP: 23507
Elementary
Total Enrollment 105
The Williams School
419 Colonial Ave
ZIP: 23507
Elementary
Total Enrollment 200
West Ghent School
1009 W Princess Anne Rd
ZIP: 23507
Elementary
Total Enrollment 38
Yeshiva Aish Kodosh Talmudical Academy
612 Colonial Ave
ZIP: 23507
Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
St Patrick Catholic School
1000 Bolling Ave
ZIP: 23508
Elementary
Total Enrollment 366
Tabernacle Of Prayer Christian School & Child Cc
3611 Colley Ave
ZIP: 23508
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 50
Christ The King Catholic School
3401 Tidewater Dr
ZIP: 23509
Elementary
Total Enrollment 242
First Baptist Ready Academy Christian School
450 E Bute St
ZIP: 23510
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
Greenhill Farms Christian Academy
969 Philpotts Rd
ZIP: 23513
Elementary
Total Enrollment 48
Lighthouse Christian Academy
5160 A Beamon Rd
ZIP: 23513
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 77
Building Blocks Preschool
844 Jerome Ave
ZIP: 23518
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Calvary Christian School
2331 E Little Creek Rd
ZIP: 23518
Elementary
Total Enrollment 57
East Beach Montessori School
4491 Pleasant Ave
ZIP: 23518
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Mclea School
745 Bancker Rd
ZIP: 23518
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Ryan Academy Of Norfolk
844 Jerome Ave
ZIP: 23518
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 46
St Pius X School
7800 Halprin Dr
ZIP: 23518
Elementary
Total Enrollment 284
St Paul's Learning Center
1615 Isaac St
ZIP: 23523
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
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Old Custom House c1905.

Court house between 1900 and 1910

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