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5. Poquoson, Virginia

Suburb of: Virginia Beach – Norfolk – Newport News
Metro area unemployment rate: 6.8%
Median house value: $343,923
Safer from crime than this percent of all U.S. communities: 40%

Poquoson is a coastal city where more than 98% of the working population drives to work, mostly to out-of-town jobs. It has better public schools than 81% of all U.S. communities, and its public schools are better than 100% of schools in the rest of the state. A minority of Poquoson’s populace holds a four-year degree (31.6%), and a majority are homeowners (81.4%). Further analysis of the suburb can be found on its Neighborhood Scout profile.