Chesapeake, VA
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Living in Chesapeake


Chesapeake is a relatively large city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 237,940 people and 41 constituent neighborhoods, Chesapeake is the third largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities, Chesapeake isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Chesapeake are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chesapeake is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chesapeake who work in office and administrative support (14.29%), sales jobs (10.65%), and management occupations (9.90%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Chesapeake, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

Also of interest is that Chesapeake has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Chesapeake is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Chesapeake, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Chesapeake citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.38% of adults in Chesapeake have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chesapeake in 2010 was $30,764, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $123,056 for a family of four. However, Chesapeake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chesapeake is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chesapeake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chesapeake residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chesapeake include English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Chesapeake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.