Suffolk is an independent city located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia. By area, it is the largest city in the entire commonwealth.

Suffolk is located at 36°44′29″N 76°36′36″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 429.1 square miles (1,111.3 km2), of which, 400.0 square miles (1,036.0 km2) of it is land and 29.0 square miles (75.2 km2) of it (6.77%) is water.
Part of the Great Dismal Swamp is located in Suffolk.

Long surrounded by Nansemond County, Suffolk progressively became an incorporated town in 1808 and an independent city in 1906. In 1974, it combined by mutual agreement with the former county, which had become an independent city (City of Nansemond) 18 months earlier. It included the former outlying unincorporated towns of Holland and Whaleyville. The newly consolidated cities assumed the name of Suffolk, creating the largest city in geographic area in Virginia.

Peanuts grown in the surrounding areas became a major industry for Suffolk. Notably, Planters’ Peanuts was established in Suffolk beginning in 1912. Suffolk was the ‘birthplace’ of Mr. Peanut, the mascot of Planters’ Peanuts. For many years, the call-letters of local AM radio station WLPM stood for World’s Largest Peanut Market. In modern times, Suffolk remains a major peanut processing center and railroad and highway transportation hub. It hosts a diverse combination of industrial, manufacturing, distribution, retail, and hospitality businesses, as well as active farming.

Planters’ Peanuts continues to be a major employer, now owned by Kraft Foods. Other large employers in the City of Suffolk include Unilever, Lipton Tea, Wal-Mart, Target, QVC, and two major modeling and simulation companies, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Lockheed Martin bases its Center for Innovation in Suffolk. The Center for Innovation is called ‘The Lighthouse’ because the campus is built around a lighthouse and actually envelops the lighthouse.


Total Population 81,051
Population Density 203 Persons/Sq. Mile
Female Population 41,829
Male Population 39,223
Population Change since 1990 ↑ 57% Increase
Population Change since 2000 ↑ 28% Increase


Nearest 2-Year Public College Paul D Camp Comm Coll
Distance 19 miles
Nearest 4-Year Public College Old Dominion University
Distance 20 miles

Households & Income

Total Number of Households 28,554
Family Households 22,731
Average Family Size 3.21
Average Household Income $69,412
Median Household Income $53,595
Income Change since 1990 ↑ 106% Increase
Income Change since 2000 ↑ 30% 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 0.98
Crime Risk (County) 0.98
Personal Crime Risk (County) 0.93
Murder Crime Risk (County) 1.47
Rape Crime Risk (County) 0.99
Robbery Crime Risk (County) 1.14
Assault Crime Risk (County) 1.00
Property Crime Risk (County) 0.82
Burglary Crime Risk (County) 0.70
Larceny Crime Risk (County) 0.88
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk (County) 0.53


Average July High Temperature 88.1 °F
Average January Low Temperature 30.3 °F
Annual Precipitation 48.7 inches
Air Pollution Index 79% of National Average


Sales Tax Rate 6.00%
Nearest Airport Norfolk Ns (chambers Field)
Distance 22 miles
Nearest Major Sports Team Norfolk Tides (aaa)
Distance 20 miles

Each year in the fall, the City of Suffolk hosts Suffolk Festivals Incorporated’s annual Peanut Fest; the 2007 Peanut Fest was the 30th since its inception.

Suffolk Public Schools, the local public school system, operates 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, and one alternative school. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is a private college preparatory school located on Pruden Blvd.

Suffolk, V.A., serves up a fabulous rural feel with big city amenities close by! As Virginia’s largest city in land area, and 11th in the country, Suffolk is nothing short of entertaining. Pursue camping, horseback riding, hiking and fishing in this beautiful city. Like many other Virginia cities, Suffolk has a past rooted in the Civil War.

Visit one of the many historical attractions in the Suffolk Area. Experience and discover stories of ancient gravesites in the 19th century, 32-acre Cedar Hill Cemetery, or take a lighter walk down Main Street and explore the first Suffolk Church build in 1753. And, as the city plays host to the “Planter’s Peanuts” factory, take a step back in time and tour the 1889 Planter Peanut Center. Peanuts are still today Suffolk’s economic powerhouse.

Suffolk is located in the great Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The city has just established the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts that provides classes and entertainment for children and adults alike. The area of Suffolk is a great place to buy a home. Affordable and unique housing is available, including options in townhouses, condominiums, and the most popular single-family units.

Suffolk is a town with a charm and charisma that can not be found in most cities in the United States. Experience community and compassion from neighbors in this great Richmond suburb!