Chesapeake is an independent city located in the south eastern corner of the state of Virginia with its’ origins dating back to 1691. Chesapeake comprises 341 square miles of land, making Chesapeake the second-largest city by land area in Virginia. In 2013 the population was 232,977 and the median household income was $50,743.
Chesapeake is a diverse city in which a variety of suburban and more concentrated areas are located; it also has many square miles of protected farmland, forests, and wetlands, including a substantial portion of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Extending from the rural border with North Carolina to the harbor of Hampton Roads it is adjacent to the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. Chesapeake is located on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. It has miles of industrial, commercial and residential property along its waterfront.
In 2011, Chesapeake was named the 21st best city in which to live in America by Bloomberg Businessweek. The City boasts convenient access to interstate highways, shopping, employment and recreational areas. Schools are consistently ranked high within the region and the City offers a wide variety of educational, cultural and historical activities.