Though it is the largest city (by area) in Virginia, Suffolk offers no shortage of small-town charm. A rich blend of history, agriculture and southern hospitality give this locale its distinct character. Downtown Suffolk's historic North Main Street offers up quaint specialty shops, antique stores and unique dining options.
Home to two national wildlife refuges, Suffolk caters to those with a love for the great outdoors. The city boasts lush and plentiful woodlands and an abundance of agricultural land, nature trails, parks, campgrounds and boat ramps, as well as 8,000 acres of lakes and miles of riverfront. The area's rich history, dating back to Colonial times, is alive and well today amongst the historic landmarks that pepper the city.
Several urban areas within the city provide residents with affordable, family-friendly neighborhoods, residential amenities and employment opportunities. Suffolk offers its residents a diverse mix of industry. In recent years, the city has experienced a boom in its high-tech economy, which is attributed in large part to the region's significant defense-industry presence.