Businessweek Names Virginia Beach Among the 10 Best Cities in America

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Citing the city’s natural beauty, great schools and low unemployment and crime rates, Bloomberg Businessweek has named Virginia Beach as the eighth-best city in the United States.

Virginia Beach was rated No. 8, ahead of such cities as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The magazine said: “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 a thousand restaurants to choose from, great schools, and low levels of crime.”

“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 online magazine rated the country’s 100 largest cities, looking at 16 criteria, including the number of restaurants, bars, and museums per capita, the number of colleges, libraries, and professional sports teams, the income, poverty, unemployment, crime and foreclosure rates, percent of population with bachelor’s degrees, public school performance, park acres per 1,000 residents and air quality. Greater weight was placed on recreational amenities such as parks, bars, restaurants and museums, and on educational attainment, school performance, poverty rate and air quality.

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