In 1963, the new independent city of Chesapeake was created when the former independent city of South Norfolk consolidated with Norfolk County. The consolidation, authorized by the Virginia General Assembly, was approved and the new name selected by the voters of each communities by referendum.
The City of Chesapeake, Virginia, is located at the mid-point of the East Coast of the United States, near the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.
Until the late 1980s and early 1990s, much of Chesapeake was either suburban or rural, serving as a bedroom community of the adjacent cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach with residents commuting to these locations. Beginning in the late 1980s and accelerating in the 1990s, however, Chesapeake saw significant growth, attracting numerous and significant industries and businesses of its own. This explosive growth quickly led to strains on the municipal infrastructure, ranging from intrusion of saltwater into the city’s water supply to congested roads and schools.
Chesapeake embraces the global village concept, blending the best of America with the cosmopolitan influences of over 80 foreign-based companies from 19 different countries.
Consistently ranked by the FBI as one of the five safest U.S. cities with populations over 200,000, Chesapeake is a family-oriented city with a pace that’s in keeping with dynamic global business community.