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Chesapeake, VA
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Chesapeake profile

Living in Chesapeake

Chesapeake is a relatively large city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 252,488 people and 61 associated neighborhoods, Chesapeake is the second largest community in Virginia.

There are many members of the armed forces living in Chesapeake. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.84% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Chesapeake is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Chesapeake. This makes Chesapeake a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Chesapeake presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

The education level of Chesapeake citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.76% of adults in Chesapeake have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Chesapeake in 2022 was $42,753, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $171,012 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, German, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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