The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Chesapeake For 2021

We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Chesapeake that are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Chesapeake.
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 the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it's not all rainbows and sunshine in Chesapeake. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

So the question arises, which Chesapeake neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we'll use science and data 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 Great Bridge East ranks way above the rest.

We examined 14 of Chesapeake's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Chesapeake's reputation.

The Worst Neighborhoods In Chesapeake For 2021

  1. South Norfolk
  2. Deep Creek North
  3. Greenbrier West
  4. Indian River
  5. Western Branch North

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Chesapeake for 2021? 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.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best. Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Chesapeake.

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The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Chesapeake For 2021

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Population: 22,921
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $158,378 (worst)
Median Income: $48,169 (worst)
More on South Norfolk:  Data

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Population: 19,130
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $186,792 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $62,935 (3rd worst)
More on Deep Creek North:  Data

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Population: 19,161
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $271,658 (7th worst)
Median Income: $66,598 (4th worst)
More on Greenbrier West:  Data

Greenbrier is a community located in the independent city of Chesapeake, Virginia, United States. Greenbrier Parkway, a major road in Greenbrier, is the commercial hub of Chesapeake. Shopping centers line this major road, including Greenbrier Mall. Another major road, Volvo Parkway, cuts across Greenbrier Parkway. This road leads to the more residential section of Greenbrier as well as another shopping center in the opposite direction.

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Population: 26,420
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $191,737 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $54,210 (2nd worst)
More on Indian River:  Data

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Population: 18,883
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $233,742 (4th worst)
Median Income: $71,545 (7th worst)
More on Western Branch North:  Data

How we determined the worst Chesapeake hoods in 2021

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 threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Chesapeake:

  • 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)
  • High crime (Estimated)

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 criteria into a "Worst Score".

The neighborhood with the lowest "Worst Score" ranks as the worst neighborhood of Chesapeake.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Chesapeake to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 14 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

The 'hoods around Chesapeake that are really hoods

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Chesapeake aren't all bad. Great Bridge East takes the cake as the best place to live in Chesapeake.

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Chesapeake For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 South Norfolk 22,921 $158,378 $48,169
2 Deep Creek North 19,130 $186,792 $62,935
3 Greenbrier West 19,161 $271,658 $66,598
4 Indian River 26,420 $191,737 $54,210
5 Western Branch North 18,883 $233,742 $71,545
6 Western Branch South 13,869 $249,978 $69,966
7 Deep Creek West-Dismal Swamp 6,061 $250,267 $71,133
8 Greenbrier East 24,977 $276,462 $77,904
9 Pleasant Grove West 9,975 $381,100 $95,727
10 Great Bridge 24,376 $303,993 $88,234
11 Butts Station 6,548 $315,900 $103,654
12 Pleasant Grove East 6,558 $339,600 $83,978
13 Deep Creek South 10,890 $299,425 $103,822
14 Great Bridge East 17,164 $319,700 $96,305