This area of Southeastern Virginia is comprised of several cities, towns, and counties. It has more than 1.7 million residents and boasts a world-class resort city in Virginia Beach, major universities, and more.
The area is divided into two primary categories, which are shown below.
Virginia Beach - Most populated city in the state and home to the Atlantic Ocean. Major staples include Virginia Wesleyan University, NAS Oceana, Little Creek Amphibious Base, and STIHL.
Norfolk - Best downtown atmosphere and city living. Also home to the world's largest naval base and Old Dominion University.
Chesapeake - Voted 3rd most boring city in America. Top-rated schools. Close to OBX.
Portsmouth - The little brother of Norfolk. Directly across the river from Norfolk.
Suffolk - Largest city in Virginia and 14th largest in America. Close to Chesapeake and Portsmouth.
Newport News - Staple city on the Peninsula. International airport and Amtrak access. Home to Christopher Newport University.
Hampton - Central location for entire area. Home to Langley Air Force Base, NASA, and more. Home to Hampton University.
York County - Known for top-rated schools and the Yorktown Battlefield.
Poquoson - Tiny city of roughly 12,000 residents. Surrounded by lots of water.
Williamsburg - Home to The College of William & Mary, Colonial Williamsburg, and more.
Jamestown/James City County - Home to the Jamestown Settlement and on the James River.
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Smithfield (Isle of Wight County) - Ham Capital of the World. Small town on the Pagan River.
Carrollton (Isle of Wight County) - Growing community similar to York County. Next to Smithfield.
Windsor (Isle of Wight County) - Very small town near Suffolk, Smithfield, and Franklin.
Franklin - City of less than 10,000 residents near Windsor and Suffolk. 1+ hour commute to Norfolk.
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