Chesapeake is an independent city located in the South Hampton Roads portion of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia in the United States. One of the cities Hampton Roads, Chesapeake was formed in 1963 by a political consolidation of the City of South Norfolk with the former Norfolk County, which dated to 1691. Chesapeake is the second-largest city by land area in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Chesapeake is a diverse city with few urban areas as well as many square miles of protected farmland, forests, and wetlands, including a substantial portion of the Great Dismal Swamp. Extending all the way from the rural border with North Carolina to the harbor area of Hampton Roads adjacent to the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, Chesapeake is located on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and has miles of waterfront industrial, commercial and residential property.

It is currently the third largest city in Virginia in terms of population.
Chesapeake is located at 36°46’2″N 76°17’14″W.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 350.9 square miles (908.8 km²), of which, 340.7 square miles (882.5 km²) of it is land and 10.2 square miles (26.4 km²) of it (2.90%) is water.
The northeastern part of the Great Dismal Swamp is located in Chesapeake.
Chesapeake is one of the larger cities in Virginia and the nation in terms of land, a fact that poses challenges to city leaders in supporting a large infrastructure. The presence of many historically and geographically distinct communities also poses challenges to city leaders, who are also faced with conflicts between development of residential, commercial and industrial areas and preservation of virgin forest and wetlands. Within the city limits in the southwestern section is a large portion of the Great Dismal Swamp.


Total Population 214,609
Population Density 630 Persons/Sq. Mile
Female Population 110,506
Male Population 104,103
Population Change since 1990 ↑ 42% Increase
Population Change since 2000 ↑ 9% Increase


Nearest 2-Year Public College Tidewater Community College
Distance 6 miles
Nearest 4-Year Public College Norfolk State University
Distance 6 miles

Households & Incomes

Total Number of Households 77,219
Family Households 59,945
Average Family Size 3.17
Average Household Income $75,809
Median Household Income $64,053
Income Change since 1990 ↑ 79% Increase
Income Change since 2000 ↑ 26% Increase

Crime Rates Compared to the National Average

The National Average is designated 1.0 – A value of 2.0 represents twice as much risk while a value of 0.5 represents half as much risk.

Total Crime Risk 0.73
Crime Risk (County) 0.73
Personal Crime Risk (County) 0.58
Murder Crime Risk (County) 0.77
Rape Crime Risk (County) 0.68
Robbery Crime Risk (County) 0.90
Assault Crime Risk (County) 0.52
Property Crime Risk (County) 0.76
Burglary Crime Risk (County) 0.63
Larceny Crime Risk (County) 0.77
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk (County) 0.54


Average July High Temperature 86.8 °F
Average January Low Temperature 32.3 °F
Annual Precipitation 45.7 inches
Air Pollution Index 84% of National Average


Sales Tax Rate 6.00%
Nearest Airport Norfolk International
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Major Sports Team Norfolk Tides (aaa)
Distance 5 miles


Although established as a city in 1963, Chesapeake, V.A., boasts a history that dates back to the 1600s! In terms of population, Chesapeake is the third largest city in Virginia, making it a place with strong business and home to 70 foreign base companies and 30 corporate headquarters. The Intercoastal Waterway of Chesapeake Bay allows for boating recreation and commercial business to thrive in the city. Enjoy a nice dinner cruise on “Bonny Blue,” a beautiful yacht that travels the Waterway.There is no loss for answers when it comes to all of the entertainment options in Chesapeake. The city is only 20 minutes from the oceanfront and 15 minutes to Norfolk. Chesapeake itself offers plenty of golf courses, history, parks and waterways to entertain its guests and residents. Go camping, boating, horseback riding or fishing at one of the many parks that Chesapeake has to offer. Shopping in Chesapeake is a dream, with everything from funky boutiques to wonderful antique malls. Fabulous dining and charm still abound in this historic city, making it a quaint place to visit and live.
There are many real estate options in Chesapeake, with housing ranging from single family homes to condominiums. Chesapeake is a special town that takes pride in its history and shows respect for its visitors and residents alike. The city has been named as one of the best by Money magazine, and has been ranked by the FBI as one of the safest cities to live in regarding crime and size of the county. So don’t miss all the beautiful things that this city has to offer, invest in Chesapeake real estate today!
As the most centrally located of all of the cities in South Hampton Roads, Chesapeake is known for its family-oriented lifestyle. The City of Chesapeake has been voted: Best City To Live and Raise A Family by MONEY Magazine. Due to its blend of urban and rural settings, the city has an abundance of shopping from well known retailers offering an array of retailers to choose from. Due to its proximity to the deep-water, there are plenty of public boat docks, water sports, parks and golf. Chesapeake is also the home of the well know Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The park offers 55,000 acres of unspoiled natural beauty.