Quality of Life

Chesapeake, Virginia, was established in 1963 after the merger of Norfolk County and the city of South Norfolk. Chesapeake also played a significant role in the founding of America, with the historic Battle of Great Bridge and construction of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal. Today, Chesapeake honors its position in history with a vibrant present and promising future.

Chesapeake is recognized as a strong economic arena for business investment. The city provides corporations with first-class opportunities for employee recruitment and the capabilities to create and maintain a presence in their respective industries. New companies and businesses continue to locate to the area and benefit from the abundant wealth of resources that Chesapeake offers.

Top rankings as an ideal location by Money Magazine and Parenting Magazine demonstrate Chesapeake’s growth as a dynamic, yet family-friendly business community. Chesapeake delivers the best in advanced healthcare and medical facilities to patients throughout the Southeast. With a central location in the heart of coastal Virginia, Chesapeake offers a balanced blend of diverse neighborhoods, outstanding schools, skilled workforce, and cultural and recreational activities tailored to suit every leisure preference.

Chesapeake is home to more than 245,000 residents, 51 international companies and 20 percent of the region’s largest employers. The city’s major recognition’s include: the “Top 100 Cities to Live in the U.S.”, “Top 10 Most Caring Cities in America”, and “Top 10 Hardest Working Cities in America” by WalletHub. Rated by the FBI as one of the five safest cities in the United States, Chesapeake’s high quality of life and low cost of living makes it an affordable location for both young professionals and families.


Happiest City to Live in Hampton Roads


Safest Cities in the United States


City Where Veterans are Thriving Professionally in the United States


Hardest Working City in the United States


City to Buy an Affordable Family Home



Nature and outdoor lovers can explore Chesapeake’s natural sanctuaries, recreational activities and parks.

Cost of Living

Chesapeake ranks high in quality of life and low in cost for all individuals and families.


Carrying a tradition of academic excellence, Chesapeake provides access to the best public and private educational resources.


Visitors and residents can explore a bit of everything including shopping, dining, music and more.