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Chesapeake, Virginia

Chesapeake Virginia
Administration
Full nameCity of Chesapeake
Official nameCity of Chesapeake
Settlement typeIndependent City
Motto"One Increasing Purpose"
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
Founded1963 (1919 as South Norfolk, became city in 1922)
Government
MayorAlan P. Krasnoff (R)
Geography
Total Area350.9 sq mi (908.8 km2)
Land Area340.7 sq mi (882.4 km2)
Water Area10.2 sq mi (26.4 km2)
Elevation1-28 ft (0.3 m)
Demography
Total Population222209 (2010 Census)
Density (pop.)243.3/km2 (630.1/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)1672319
Other information
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes23320-23328
Area code757
FIPS code51-16000 
GNIS feature ID1496841 

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Chesapeake is an independent city located in the South Hampton Roads portion of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia in the United States. One of the cities Hampton Roads, Chesapeake was formed in 1963 by a political consolidation of the City of South Norfolk with the former Norfolk County, which dated to 1691. Chesapeake is the second-largest city by land area in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Chesapeake is a diverse city with few urban areas as well as many square miles of protected farmland, forests, and wetlands, including a substantial portion of the Great Dismal Swamp. Extending all the way from the rural border with North Carolina to the harbor area of Hampton Roads adjacent to the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, Chesapeake is located on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and has miles of waterfront industrial, commercial and residential property.

It is currently the third largest city in Virginia in terms of population. According to the 2010 Census, its population is 222,209.


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