Hampton Roads is the name of a geographical area, a meeting of waterways, and a collection of municipalities that together make a metropolitan area. The area is comprised of parts of Virginia and North Carolina, where the mouths of three major rivers, and several smaller ones, join together and empty into Chesapeake Bay near the Atlantic Ocean. The multiple towns and cities that make up the region are a fantastic place to purchase a home. Let Homes.com help find the perfect place for you.
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The area known as Hampton Roads is actually made up of the Virginia communities of Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Poquoson, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, and several smaller towns and hamlets on both the Virginia and North Carolina sides of the state line. As one might imagine given its location, the economy of the region has historically been driven by activity taking place in the harbor. The area surrounds what many call "the world's greatest natural harbor," and has been a major trade hub since it was settled by Europeans at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Today, the Hampton Roads region's economic prosperity is still mostly tied to the harbor's rank as the third most busy in the entire U.S. The area is home to a great many U.S. Navy installations, the NASA Langley Research Center, and the Fortune 500 companies Smithfield Foods, Dollar Tree, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and transportation giant Norfolk Southern. Cultural activity and tourism in the region is mostly centered on the area's status as the home of several premier historic sites connected to colonial times, with other points of interest including Civil War sites, beaches, and natural wetland habitats. The area also boasts the Nauticus National Maritime Center, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and Great Dismal Swamp national Wildlife Refuge. The towns and cities that make up the greater metropolitan area differ in their character, age, and culture, so buying a home in Hampton Roads should present anyone on the hunt with plenty of unique opportunities.
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