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Chesapeake is an independent city, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk metro area.

The latitude of Chesapeake is 36.818N. The longitude is -76.275W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 10 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 210,834.


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Median household income
Local
$50,743
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Chesapeake demographic reports
Chesapeake is on the Elizabeth River.
American patriots defeated British troops here in 1775, in the Battle of Great Bridge.

Community was created in 1963 by the merger of Norfolk County and the city of South Norfolk.

Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Virginia Caribbean Carnival - July 28, 2007
  • Chesapeake Jubilee - May 17-20, 2007
  • Phelps Brothers Music Festival - June 10, 2007
  • American Indian Festival - June 2-3, 2007
  • Heritage Arts Festival - Nov. 3-4, 2007
Dates often change. Check Chesapeake web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Northwest River Park
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 70

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Chesapeake demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Chesapeake City economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Norfolk-Virginia Beach area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 23325 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Chesapeake residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Chesapeake ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Chesapeake was $20,949, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

25% of Chesapeake residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Chesapeake include South Norfolk Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Chesapeake, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $531.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,187.


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Libraries in Chesapeake include Chesapeake Central Library, Greenbrier Library, Indian River Library, Major Hillard Library, Russell Memorial Library, South Norfolk Memorial Library ... View libraries

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TV stations in Chesapeake include WJGN-CA.

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Chesapeake City supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Chesapeake political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Chesapeake workers is 25 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 55 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Chesapeake between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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