The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Chesapeake, VA

The most dangerous and worst Chesapeake neighborhoods are South Norfolk and Greenbrier West for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Chesapeake
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Chesapeake’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Chesapeake.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Virginia thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Chesapeake. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Chesapeake neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Chesapeake hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Chesapeake area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Deep Creek South ranks way above the rest.

We examined 13 of Chesapeake’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Chesapeake’s reputation.

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Chesapeake For 2024

  1. South Norfolk
  2. Greenbrier West
  3. Deep Creek North
  4. Deep Creek West-Dismal Swamp
  5. Indian River
  6. Western Branch North
  7. Western Branch South
  8. Greenbrier East
  9. Great Bridge
  10. Pleasant Grove West

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Chesapeake for 2024? According to the most recent census data, South Norfolk looks to be the worst neighborhood in Chesapeake.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Chesapeake that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Chesapeake For 2024

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 22,479
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 855
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,145
Median Home Value: $179,964 (worst)
Median Income: $52,299 (worst)
More on South Norfolk:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 19,480
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 469
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,222
Median Home Value: $255,523 (6th worst)
Median Income: $79,284 (5th worst)
More on Greenbrier West:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 17,897
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 933
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,413
Median Home Value: $203,267 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $67,890 (3rd worst)
More on Deep Creek North:  Data

Deep Creek West-Dismal Swamp Chesapeake, VA

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 7,327
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 387
Property Crime Per 100k: 755
Median Home Value: $267,475 (7th worst)
Median Income: $79,245 (4th worst)
More on Deep Creek West-Dismal Swamp:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 23,332
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 776
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,558
Median Home Value: $186,477 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $59,873 (2nd worst)
More on Indian River:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 16,846
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 627
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,861
Median Home Value: $252,450 (5th worst)
Median Income: $87,613 (6th worst)
More on Western Branch North:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 16,377
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 294
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,667
Median Home Value: $246,950 (4th worst)
Median Income: $92,434 (8th worst)
More on Western Branch South:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 28,467
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 343
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,329
Median Home Value: $283,492 (8th worst)
Median Income: $87,766 (7th worst)
More on Greenbrier East:  Data

Great Bridge Chesapeake, VA

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 25,578
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 331
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,511
Median Home Value: $339,836 (10th worst)
Median Income: $102,282 (9th worst)
More on Great Bridge:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 12,617
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 266
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,146
Median Home Value: $390,020 (13th worst)
Median Income: $104,320 (10th worst)
More on Pleasant Grove West:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Chesapeake neighborhoods in 2024

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Chesapeake:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Chesapeake, Virginia for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Chesapeake.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Chesapeake.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 13 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Chesapeake

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Chesapeake with South Norfolk landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Chesapeake are South Norfolk, Greenbrier West, Deep Creek North, Deep Creek West-Dismal Swamp, Indian River, Western Branch North, Western Branch South, Greenbrier East, Great Bridge, and Pleasant Grove West.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Chesapeake aren’t all bad. Deep Creek South takes the cake as the best place to live in Chesapeake.

The best neighborhoods in Chesapeake are Deep Creek South, Butts Station, Great Bridge East, Pleasant Grove West, and Great Bridge.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Chesapeake For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 South Norfolk 22,479 $179,964 $52,299
2 Greenbrier West 19,480 $255,523 $79,284
3 Deep Creek North 17,897 $203,267 $67,890
4 Deep Creek West-Dismal Swamp 7,327 $267,475 $79,245
5 Indian River 23,332 $186,477 $59,873
6 Western Branch North 16,846 $252,450 $87,613
7 Western Branch South 16,377 $246,950 $92,434
8 Greenbrier East 28,467 $283,492 $87,766
9 Great Bridge 25,578 $339,836 $102,282
10 Pleasant Grove West 12,617 $390,020 $104,320
11 Great Bridge East 17,274 $386,350 $113,893
12 Butts Station 6,690 $386,300 $120,043
13 Deep Creek South 11,774 $306,550 $113,917
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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