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, an oceanfront condo or a single family home with a yard, Norfolk caters to every kind of lifestyle.
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.
Norfolk is a diverse city, both with respect to its population and to the number of things to do and see. There are tons of outdoor activities for the warm summer months and plenty to keep you occupied during Norfolk’s cool winters. Its location on the water makes it an ideal place to for boating and water sport fans to live. The city is home to a number of museums, like the Nauticus National Maritime Center which is popular with people of all ages. Norfolk is home to the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Symphony and the Virginia Stage Company. The city is well known for its annual Virginia Arts Festival, which features live music, theater and dancing. A trip downtown can include anything from eating at a local restaurant, shopping at a boutique, drinking at a coffeehouse or brewery, or visiting an urban winery. Norfolk also boasts a 53-acre zoological park. There are an incredible number of things to keep Norfolk’s residents busy all year long.