In 2010, it was rated the safest city in the US for a city of it's size (400-600K pop) by the FBI.
It is in the Bible belt, so there are churches on almost every corner, and the atmosphere here supports this. If you grew up in say New Jersey, you'd have to not use the F-bomb as much or else you'd have citizens looking at you like you were from another planet.
It is 90% suburban and 10% metropolitan with the new TownCenter offering the city a true 'downtown'. It's Oceanfront if very developed as well with tall hotels and many amenities including stages for outdoor concerts on the boardwalk, and often times, small amusement rides set up in one location or another.
It is finally catching up with Norfolk in offering cultural and art events meeting the needs of it's growing DC/NY/NJ transplant professionals.
It is also working towards having light rail, adding to the line that Norfolk is opening for service over the next 6 months.
Ryan: Surf, drink beer, smoke tree
had a horrible gang problem in parts of the city back in the 80s and 90s but got better.
East side of the city (the beach) has clubs, huge concert venues, bars, dozens of hotels, LOTS of prostitutes.. the place to be on weekends.
West side of the city borders Norfolk and is controlled by black/mexican gangs and typically not where you want to be.
Lots of Rappers from here
Pharell, Missy Elliot, Clipse, Neptunes, Timbaland and others that I forgot
Mayor Oberndorf- I cant imagine why we have a brain drain, lets lure more tourism in, that will fix it.