About Hampton Roads


Centrally located on the U.S. East Coast, EVMS serves the southeastern region of Virginia known as Hampton Roads. The region comprises nine major cities: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg.‌

Hampton Roads is the 33rd largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States and eighth largest metro area in the Southeast. It is located 200 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 100 miles south of Richmond, the capital of Virginia.

According to the most recent demographic survey in 2014, there are 1.69 million residents in Hampton Roads. 

Consistently earning high ranks in various “quality of life” surveys, the region offers an affordable cost of living and abounds in cultural, educational and economic opportunities. Seven colleges and universities, as well as two community-college systems, offer residents ample educational resources. International trade, shipbuilding, health care, tourism, military facilities and agriculture provide a diverse economic base with a wide range of employment possibilities. Hampton Roads, also known as the Tidewater region, boasts a year-round coastal climate, with mild winters and pleasant autumn and spring seasons. Summers are warm, yet tempered by breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay and neighboring waterways.