The State of the Region: Hampton Roads 2004
Per capita income in Hampton Roads has been rising and, after we factor in the cost of living, now is about 6 percent above the national average. This is a startling reversal from the late 1990s when the region was well below the national average. Housing prices here continue to be lower than the national average, as is our overall cost of living. Our air is cleaner than the national average and we rate high in terms of cultural amenities, but founder with regard to several measures of educational attainment.
Regional Studies Institute, Old Dominion University, "Part 2: How Do We Compare? Hampton Roads Versus Other Regions" (2004). State of the Region Reports: Hampton Roads. 123.