Virginia Beach Rated #8 Best City in America (we are not surprised by this)

Yes, you read it right: according to Bloomberg Businessweek, Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been named to the list of America’s 50 Best Cities. We even made the Top 10, coming in at #8, although of course many of us who live here feel we should be #1!

The rankings are based on 16 different criteria as diverse as air quality, school performance, and unemployment rate for the 100 largest cities in the country. Virginia Beach’s violent crime rate is one of the lowest in the entire list, and our park acreage per 1,000 residents is in the top three, behind only Anchorage, Alaska and Chesapeake, Virginia. And speaking of our neighbor: Chesapeake, where a few of our employees live, ranked #21. So we have two local cities called out as some of the best places to live in the nation. Combine that with the recent CNBC ranking of Virginia as the top state in the nation for businesses, and you can see why we think Virginia Beach is a fantastic place to work, live, and play!

Update: since the link above takes you to the slideshow of all 50 cities (that’s 50 clicks to get through the whole list!), we thought we’d include the rankings here so you could check out the list without all the hassle.

1 Raleigh, NC
2 Arlington, VA
3 Honolulu, HI
4 Scottsdale, AZ
5 Irvine, CA
6 Washington, DC
7 San Diego, CA
8 Virginia Beach, VA
9 San Francisco, CA
10 Anchorage, AK
11 Plano, TX
12 Austin, TX
13 Seattle, WA
14 New York, NY
15 Albuquerque, NM
16 Boston, MA
17 Madison, WI
18 Colorado Springs, CO
19 Portland, OR
20 Charlotte, NC
21 Chesapeake, VA
22 Lincoln, NE
23 San Jose, CA
24 Pittsburgh, PA
25 Lexington/Fayette, KY
26 Jacksonville, FL
27 Denver, CO
28 Nashville, TN
29 New Orleans, LA
30 Minneapolis, MN
31 Greensboro, NC
32 Atlanta, GA
33 Boise, ID
34 Omaha, NE
35 Houston, TX
36 Oklahoma City, OK
37 Durham, NC
38 Henderson, NV
39 St Paul, MN
40 San Antonio, TX
41 Gilbert, AZ
42 Dallas, TX
43 Kansas City, MO
44 Reno, NV
45 Chandler, AZ
46 Winston-Salem, NC
47 Tampa, FL
48 Oakland, CA
49 Phoenix, AZ
50 Irving, TX
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