Living in Chesapeake

"Great Bridge is a safe community, and everything I need is here." - EVMS faculty member


Set along the Intracoastal Waterway, Chesapeake extends from the North Carolina border to the harbor region of Hampton Roads, where it neighbors the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth. With a roughly 222,000 residents, it is the third-most populous city in the commonwealth of Virginia.

A nature lover's paradise, Chesapeake is rich with lush woodlands and wetlands, sparkling waterways and an abundance of agricultural land. Several urban areas within the city provide residents with affordable, family-friendly neighborhoods and range of shopping and dining amenities. Approximately 20 percent of the region's largest employers are located here, offering up a diverse mix of industry and employment options.

Chesapeake frequently draws positive accolades and acclaim, such as a ranking in Parenting magazine as one of the "Top 100 Best Cities for Families," one of the "Six Best Places in America to Live" by Money magazine, and one of "America's Best Cities" by Bloomberg Businessweek. The city is also rated by the FBI as one of the "Top Five Safest in the Country."

A central location and proximity to area highways gives Chesapeake residents quick, easy access to other major cities in Hampton Roads.

The city is divided into six distinct boroughs:

  • South Norfolk
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Butts Road
  • Great Bridge
  • Washington
  • Western Branch