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Norfolk was founded in 1682, making it one of the oldest communities in America. But it is perhaps best known today as the home of the world's largest naval base. While the military does account for a substantial percentage of employment in Norfolk, work is gainfully had in many other sectors. Norfolk is home to the North American headquarters for NATO. It also has a number of reputable hospitals, including the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughter. Plentiful jobs can be found in the business, finance and tech fields. There are also a number of local colleges and universities in and around Norfolk, such as Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and Tidewater Community College. Public transportation is readily available in Norfolk to get you where you need to go. Options include bus service, train, light rail and ferry.



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If you never thought that you would find an urban downtown with a vibrant arts scene, waterfront living with a busy harbor and park-like suburban neighborhoods all in one city, think again. Norfolk, Virginia truly offers its residents a little bit of everything. Its population of 245,000 is spread out over 66 square miles. Norfolk also boasts an impressive 144 miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay and numerous rivers and streams. Whether it's a downtown apartment, a single family home with a yard or an oceanfront condo, Norfolk caters to every kind of lifestyle.
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