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    NSWC Dam Neck Division, VA Local Information

    NAS Oceana, the host station of NSWC Dam Neck, is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, which has a population of 447,490. Nearby cities are Norfolk (population 245,800), Portsmouth (97,450), and Chesapeake (228,210), all within half an hour of base.

    Local Rental Housing Prices:
    The average price to rent a home in Virginia Beach ranges from $770 to $1,200, with a median of about $940 per month. The average price in Norfolk is about $675, Portsmouth is $695, and Chesapeake is around $790 per month.

    Local Purchase Housing Prices:
    The average cost to purchase a home in Virginia Beach is about $277,400, compared to $249,100 for Virginia. The average cost in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metro area is $244,200.

    Short Description of the Area:
    Virginia Beach is the most populated city in Virginia, followed closely by Norfolk and Chesapeake. These are independent cities and not a part of a greater county, however they are part of the area known as Hampton Roads and the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metropolitan Area. The station is located in the southeastern part of the state, near the border with North Carolina, and is situated on the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay where it meets with the Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Beach is about 1 hour 45 minutes southeast of the capital city of Richmond.

    Climate and Weather:
    The climate in and around Virginia Beach is described as humid subtropical. This means the summers are usually hot and humid and winters can be cold but fairly mild. The average temperature in July is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit and highs can be around 90 degrees with high humidity. January is usually the coldest month, with average temperatures around 40 degrees and lows in the 30s. There is only about 4-5 inches of snow each winter. The average precipitation is nearly 50 inches and strong thunderstorms and hurricanes are fairly common. Strong winds and hail can occur, so be prepared. The strongest parts of the storm usually stay off the coast, but they have been known to reach some places inland as well.