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Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk Virginia
Administration
Full nameNorfolk
Official nameNorfolk
Settlement typeIndependent city
MottoCrescas (Latin for, "Thou shalt grow.")
CountryUSUnited States
StateVirginia
Founded1682
Incorporated1736
Government
MayorPaul D. Fraim (D)
Geography
Total Area96.3 sq mi (249.4 km2)
Land Area53.7 sq mi (139.1 km2)
Water Area42.6 sq mi (110.3 km2)
Elevation7 ft (2.1 m)
Demography
Total Population242,803 (78th) (2010 Census)
Density (pop.)1684.4/km2 (4362.6/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)1047869
Metro (pop.)1672319
Other information
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code23501-23515, 23517-23521, 23523, 23529, 23541, 23551
Area code757
FIPS code51-57000 
GNIS feature ID1497051 

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Norfolk (c-eniconˈnɔrfi-k ) is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. With a population of 242,803 as of the 2010 Census, it is Virginia's second-largest city behind neighboring Virginia Beach.

Norfolk is located at the core of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, named for the large natural harbor of the same name located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. It is one of nine cities and seven counties that constitute the Hampton Roads metro area, officially known as the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA. The city is bordered to the west by the Elizabeth River and to the north by the Chesapeake Bay. It also shares land borders with the independent cities of Chesapeake to its south and Virginia Beach to its east. One of the oldest of the cities in Hampton Roads, Norfolk is considered to be the historic, urban, financial, and cultural center of the region.

The city has a long history as a strategic military and transportation point. Norfolk Naval Base is the world's largest such base, and the world's largest military alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has its defense headquarters here. The city also has the corporate headquarters of Norfolk Southern Railway, one of North America's principal Class I railroads, and Maersk Line, Limited, who manages the world's largest fleet of US-flag vessels. As the city is bordered by multiple bodies of water, Norfolk has many miles of riverfront and bayfront property. It is linked to its neighbors by an extensive network of Interstate highways, bridges, tunnels, and bridge-tunnel complexes.


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