Top 25 Cities for Cops
#9. Virginia Beach, VA
City’s Average Salary: $37,550
Starting Salary for Police Officers: $36,622
Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 37
Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 160
Unemployment Rate: 7.8
This beachfront city is best known for its thriving tourism, but is also home to 208 city parks, a national wildlife refuge, long-protected beach areas, three military bases, two universities and numerous historic sites. Major employers include Geico car insurance, Amerigroup health care, Virginia Beach-headquartered Lillian Vernon and Navy Exchange Service Command. A large agribusiness sector also helps boost the local economy.