Virginia Beach is the No. 8 best city in America according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The online magazine ranked the Beach in its listing of “America’s 50 Best Cities,” outranking big name cities such as New York City (14th), Seattle (13th), San Francisco (9th) and Boston (16th).
“Endless miles of sandy beaches and a happening three-mile boardwalk, along with thousands of acres of parks, make Virginia Beach a beautiful place to live. The city has low unemployment, more than 1,000 restaurants to choose from, great schools, and low levels of crime,” the magazine stated.
The rankings were based on criteria such as the percentage of residents with bachelor's degrees, percentage of residents under the poverty level, and the violent crime rate.
“This just confirms what everyone in Virginia Beach already knows,” Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. said. “You can’t beat the Virginia Beach lifestyle. It’s a fabulous place to live, visit and grow your business.”
The city of Chesapeake made the list as well. The magazine ranked them No. 21 for their “broad acres of parks, highly ranked schools, and great air quality.”