Virginia Beach, Va.

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The Virginia Beach metropolitan area includes Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton Roads. Our No. 10 spot proves well-rounded, ranking in the middle for quality of life, demographic, and economic factors. Its location at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay has shaped its history and economy. Naval Station Norfolk, the largest in the world, is located here. Also contributing to the local military presence is the headquarters of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and other defense facilities. The strategic location is not only reflected in the extensive array of naval installations but in the range of historic sites. History majors will be sure to enjoy the nearby Colonial Williamsburg living museum and Historic Jamestown.

#10 Virginia Beach, Va.

POPULATION: 1,716,767
STUDENTS: 156,937
RANKING DETAIL:
#18 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#5 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#13 CITY ACCESS
#4 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#11 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#12 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#8 LABOR FORCE
#15 INNOVATION
#15 RENT

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