Vision Hampton Roads

With proper foresight, continuous planning, and dynamic economic development, Hampton Roads strives to be recognized internationally as a region fueled by:

  • Innovation
  • Intellectual & Human Capital
  • Infrastructure
  • Sense of Place

Measuring the Quality of Life in Virginia's Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads is a vibrant region for people to live, work, and visit. People in the region are unified by a common desire to improve their quality of life through ever-greater economic opportunities and an outstanding environment.

Hampton Roads Performs tracks our progress and provides insight into those aspects of life that will ensure the region's competitive position in the global economy. See how the region is doing overall on the Hampton Roads Scorecard. And explore the 7 quality-of-life categories above (Economy, Education, etc.) to see how Hampton Roads compares to other regions of Virginia and to metropolitan areas outside the state.

Measuring Up in Hampton Roads

Graph showing marked downward trend. See text for explanation.Good news! Crime rates continue to drop in the region, although they do remain higher than in other areas of the state. Property crime in the Hampton Roads area has now seen declines for the last 3 years. Violent crime is an even better story: Rates in the region have been dropping every year since 2005.

Be sure to check out our Crime indicator to learn more.

What is Hampton Roads?

  • Southeastern corner of Virginia
  • Population exceeding 1.6 million
  • America's largest natural deepwater harbor
  • More than 106,000 students enrolled in 13 colleges/ universities and 3 community colleges
Explore our Regional Profile for more information.