With a population of nearly a quarter of a million, the Norfolk is the second-largest city in Virginia and is considered to be region's cultural, historical, educational, financial, and medical centerpiece. The city is home to the world's largest naval base and one of the busiest international ports in the country. Downtown Norfolk is undergoing a vibrant renewal, as many new office, retail, entertainment, and residential development projects progress. The city is known for its abundance of unique, character-filled neighborhoods and maintains five locally zoned historic districts. Bordered by the Chesapeake Bay and the Elizabeth River, Norfolk has no shortage of waterfront views, boasting 144 miles of shoreline.
Norfolk has received numerous awards and accolades in recent years, including being named as one of the Happiest Cities for Families and ranking sixth in the nation as a Best Job Growth Area for college graduates and seasoned workers. In 2013, Norfolk was the recipient of an American Cities of the Future award and was named one of the top five cities for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur.com.
Norfolk is home to EVMS' main campus, which is located in the heart of the city's historic district.