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Overview

Introduction to Chesapeake, Virginia

Chesapeake is a city in southeastern Virginia, situated about 11 miles south of Norfolk and about 12 miles north of the North Carolina border. It is also surrounded by Virginia Beach (to the east) and Suffolk (to the west). The city is serviced by Interstates I-64 and I-464 (connecting it to Norfolk); as well as U.S. Routes 13, 17, 58, and 460; and Virginia State Highway 168. Chesapeake Regional Airport is the city's general aviation facility, with Norfolk International Airport located nearby for commercial passenger service.

The City of Chesapeake was formed in 1963 when Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk merged. The actual history of Chesapeake goes back much further...to the early 1600s when the area was first settled. The historic Battle of Great Bridge took place in what is now Chesapeake in 1775, marking an early Revolutionary War victory for American troops over the forces of British Royal governor Lord Dunmore. In 1793, work began on the Dismal Swamp Canal, which opened in 1805, but later experienced hard times and is today part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. By 1920 South Norfolk had developed to the point where it was incorporated as a city, but by the 1950s, had fallen victim (along with Norfolk County) to annexation suits filed by neighboring cities. Finding it difficult to plan for the future, the two municipalities consolidated as the new city of Chesapeake in 1963. The city has continued to experience growth since that time, and today stands as a unique blend of rural and urban centers, with miles of waterfront industrial, commercial and residential property.

Chesapeake Area Attractions

Few locations offer as wide a variety of things to see and places to visit as the Hampton Roads metro area, and Chesapeake sits at the hub of the activity. The city is only 15 minutes from Norfolk, 20 minutes from the oceanfront, and 40 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg. Chesapeake has plenty of attractions in its own right, some of which are listed here:

  • Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway: the historic waterway linking the Chesapeake Bay to North Carolina’s sounds.
  • Chesapeake Arboretum: Headquartered in an eighteenth century farmhouse with 48 acres of native plants and trees and trail systems which meander through a mature hardwood forest.
  • Chesapeake City Park: A 75-acre site which hosts the annual Chesapeake Jubilee and Symphony Under the Stars and also houses the Chesapeake Skate Park.
  • Chesapeake Planetarium: The first planetarium built by a public school system in the state of Virginia.
  • Chesapeake Veteran’s Memorial: Commemorates the service and sacrifice of Chesapeake citizens who have served or are serving in the military.
  • Deep Creek Lock Park: Heavily wooded with a pedestrian bridge and foot trails.
  • Dismal Swamp Canal Trail: An 8.5 mile long multipurpose trail which accommodates horse owners, bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and boat owners.
  • Great Bridge Lock Park: A 19-acre venue featuring a two-lane boat ramp, picnic shelters, a foot trail, a large play area, and extensive fishing and crabbing areas.
  • Portlock Galleries at SoNo: A renovated contemporary art gallery which hosts local and traveling exhibits.

Virginia is the most populous U.S. state which does not host a major professional sports league franchise. However, the Chesapeake area is within short driving distance from the host venues of some quality minor-league professional teams. The Norfolk Tides, a Class Triple-A farm team for the Baltimore Orioles, play their International League home games at Harbor Park located only 15 minutes away in the city of Norfolk. Also in Norfolk are the Norfolk Admirals, a minor-league pro ice hockey team which competes in the American Hockey League (AHL). The Admirals are affiliated with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. Nearby Hampton is the home of the Hampton Roads Piranhas, a soccer team belonging to the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL).

People

Total Population 230,601
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 110,653
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 52.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.6%
Median Earnings25+ $41,203
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,517
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,791

Wealth

Median Family Income $78,923
% Above Poverty Level 90.3%
% Below Poverty Level 9.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,176
Median House Value $253,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 10%
Irish 9.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chesapeake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles SW of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County
Metro Area Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News
Standard Zip Codes 23320, 23321, 23322, 23323, 23324, 23325
P.O. Box Zip Codes 23327, 23328
Company Zip Codes 23326
Phone Area Codes 757
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.74
Longitude -76.28

Chesapeake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NORFOLK INTL AP
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 67 F
Jul Temp 71 to 87 F
Oct Temp 53 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Station SUFFOLK LAKE KILBY
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 47 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station ELIZABETH CITY
Distance 29.6 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hampton 137,081 $60,693
Newport News 181,323 $58,040
Norfolk 245,452 $51,578
Portsmouth 96,135 $54,547
Suffolk 86,184 $75,719
Virginia Beach 448,290 $77,614

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chesapeake Public Libraries

Library
Chesapeake Public Library
298 CEDAR ROAD
Chesapeake, Virginia
(757) 382-6579
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Chesapeake Hospitals

CHESAPEAKE GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
736 BATTLEFIELD BLVD N
(804) 547-8121
Emergency Service: Yes

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HICKORY HIGH
1996 HAWK BLVD
757-421-4295
Serves 2,371 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

GREAT BRIDGE HIGH
301 WEST HANBURY RD
757-482-5191
Serves 2,124 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

WESTERN BRANCH HIGH
1968 BRUIN PL
757-638-7900
Serves 2,098 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

OSCAR F. SMITH HIGH
1994 TIGER DR
757-548-0696
Serves 2,058 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

DEEP CREEK HIGH
2900 MARGARET BOOKER DR
757-558-5302
Serves 2,041 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

INDIAN RIVER HIGH
1969 BRAVES TRL
757-578-7000
Serves 1,803 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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2100 STEPPINGSTONE SQUARE
804-424-8270
A Special Education School

TIDEWATER JUVENILE DETENTION HOME
420 ALBEMARLE DR.
757-382-6788
A Non-traditional School

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