The second-largest city by land area in Virginia and the third-largest in terms of population is Chesapeake. Officially, Chesapeake is an independent city, located in South Hampton Roads. It’s on the waterfront of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, with industrial, commercial, and residential properties dotting the shore.
Prior to the 1990s, Chesapeake was mostly home to commuters traveling to Norfolk and Virginia Beach for work, but things began to change when larger companies settled here. Businesses from the area have appeared in Fortune and Inc. magazines, and on Good Morning America and The Learning Channel.
Chesapeake apartments are great places to live and the city has become a great place to work; in fact, Chesapeake has been on several lists of Best 100 Places to Live and Best Places to Raise a Family. It’s also consistently ranked by the FBI as one of the five safest U.S. Cities with over 200,000 residents. Combine Virginia charm with a strong economy, and living here makes perfect sense.