Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk: The most populous city in Virginia. It is located on the Elizabeth River in southeastern Virginia. Norfolk is known for its many military bases, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Nauticus National Maritime Museum and the Chrysler Museum of Art.

About

Norfolk is a city located in the county of City of Norfolk in the U.S. state of Virginia. Its population at the 2010 census was 242,803 and a population density of 972 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 242,803 inhabitants.

The city was created 342 years ago in 1681.

Norfolk is an independent city in the Hampton Roads region of southeast Virginia. With over 240,000 residents, it is Virginia's second largest city behind neighboring Virginia Beach.

History and Origins

Norfolk was founded in 1682 and emerged as a major naval and commercial port city. It was a strategic site during the American Revolution.

Key historical facts:

  • One of the oldest cities in Hampton Roads, founded in 1682
  • Burned and occupied by revolutionary forces during the Revolutionary War
  • Became an important coal exporting port in the 1800s
  • Home to the world's largest naval base since World War I

Economy and Major Industries

The economy relies heavily on military, shipbuilding, logistics, and healthcare. Major employers include:

  • U.S. Navy facilities
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  • Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Old Dominion University

Attractions and Things to Do

Popular attractions include:

  • Naval Station Norfolk, home to the Atlantic Fleet
  • Nauticus maritime museum and USS Wisconsin battleship
  • Chrysler Museum of Art
  • The Norfolk Botanical Garden and Virginia Zoo
  • A vibrant arts and food scene downtown

Norfolk provides history, culture, and activities as a major port city.

Quick Facts about Norfolk

Population : 242,803 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Virginia (United States)
County : City of Norfolk
Different from : Norfolk County
Postal code : 23501-23515, 23517-23521, 23523, 23529, 23541, 23551
Phone Area Codes : 757
Area : 249.68 km2
Named for : Norfolk
Altitude : 23 feet / 7 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1682 (342 years ago)
Time Zone : Eastern Daylight Time
Local time : 21:15:49 (2nd March 2024)
Density : 972 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 0% (2010-2020)
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Geography

Norfolk is located at 36°50'49"N 76°17'7"W (36.8468100, -76.2852200). It has 4 neighbors: Chesapeake, Hampton, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

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Norfolk has 4 neighbours.

  • Chesapeake The second most populous city in Virginia. It is located on the Chesapeake Bay in southeastern Virginia. Chesapeake is known for its many beaches, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterfowl Museum.
  • Hampton The second most populous city in Virginia. It is located on the Hampton Roads in southeastern Virginia. Hampton is known for its many military bases, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Hampton History Museum and the Hampton Coliseum.
  • Portsmouth The most populous city in Portsmouth, Virginia. It is located on the Elizabeth River in southeastern Virginia. Portsmouth is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites
  • Virginia Beach The most populous city in Virginia, Virginia Beach is a major center for tourism, military, and business. The city is home to the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Norfolk Naval Base. Virginia Beach is also home to a number of popular attractions, such as the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and the Colonial National Historical Park.

Demographics

The population of Norfolk increased by 0% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 242,803 - census
2011 243,655 0.35% estimation process
2012 246,149 1.01% estimation process
2013 245,468 -0.28% estimation process
2014 246,576 0.45% estimation process
2015 246,457 -0.05% estimation process
2016 245,680 -0.32% estimation process
2017 244,543 -0.46% estimation process
2018 243,585 -0.39% estimation process
2019 242,742 -0.35% estimation process
2020 242,803 0.03% estimation process

Norfolk zip code is 23502. County name: Norfolk, County fips: 51710

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Best Things to Do in Norfolk

1 Virginia Zoo

Rating: 4.5 (6369)

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Virginia Zoo

2 Norfolk Botanical Garden

Rating: 4.8 (5933)

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Norfolk Botanical Garden

3 USS Wisconsin BB-64

Rating: 4.8 (4232)

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USS Wisconsin BB-64

4 Town Point Park

Rating: 4.6 (2358)

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Town Point Park

5 Ocean View Beach Park

Rating: 4.5 (2252)

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Ocean View Beach Park

Where ot Eat in Norfolk

1 Waterside District

Rating: 4.4 (6214)

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Waterside District

2 Denny's

Rating: 3.4 (2382)

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Denny's

3 Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint - Norfolk

Rating: 4.7 (1845)

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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint - Norfolk

4 IHOP

Rating: 3.6 (1690)

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IHOP

5 Texas de Brazil

Rating: 4.3 (1652)

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Texas de Brazil

Where to Stay in Norfolk

1 Hilton Norfolk The Main

Rating: 4.5 (2514)

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Hilton Norfolk The Main

2 Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Rating: 4.2 (2446)

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Norfolk Waterside Marriott

3 Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

Rating: 4.1 (2185)

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Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

4 Best Western Plus Holiday Sands Inn & Suites

Rating: 4 (1052)

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Best Western Plus Holiday Sands Inn & Suites

5 Navy Lodge Norfolk

Rating: 4.3 (894)

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Navy Lodge Norfolk

Other Places in Norfolk

1 Norfolk Sheriff's Office

Rating: 2.7 (52)

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Norfolk Sheriff's Office

2 Norfolk City Treasurer

Rating: 1.6 (31)

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Norfolk City Treasurer

3 Sentara Healthcare

Rating: 4.3 (27)

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Sentara Healthcare

4 Norfolk City Hall

Rating: 4.1 (7)

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Norfolk City Hall

5 Norfolk Marriage Commissioner

Rating: 1 (4)

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6 Norfolk Human Resources Department

Rating: 1 (3)

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7 Norfolk City Council

Rating: 3.7 (3)

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8 Norfolk Voters Registration

Rating: 3 (2)

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9 Norfolk Juvenile & Domestic

Rating: 3 (2)

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Norfolk Juvenile & Domestic

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People born in Norfolk (200)

People born in Norfolk, including musician and actor Clarence Clemons, basketball player Terrance Woodbury, musician Gene Vincent, .

List

  • Cliff Gallup (American musician) he was born in 17/06/1930
  • Timbaland (American musician, record producer, rapper, DJ, and record executive) he was born in 10/03/1972
  • Margaret Sullavan (actress) she was born in 16/05/1909
  • Jodi Rell (87th Governor of Connecticut) she was born in 16/06/1946
  • Patrick Wilson (American actor) he was born in 03/07/1973
  • Ray Copeland (American musician) he was born in 17/07/1926
  • Joseph Jenkins Roberts (President of Liberia (1809-1876)) he was born in 15/03/1809
  • Jimmy Archey (American musician) he was born in 12/10/1902
  • Scott Travis (American drummer) he was born in 06/09/1961
  • Lewis Binford (American archaeologist) he was born in 21/11/1931
  • Ed Schultz (American television and radio host) he was born in 27/01/1954
  • Tim Reid (American actor and film director) he was born in 19/12/1944
  • Benjamin Watson (gridiron football player) he was born in 18/12/1980
  • Doris Eaton Travis (Dancer, actress, rancher (1904-2010)) she was born in 14/03/1904
  • Keely Smith (American singer (1928-2017)) she was born in 09/03/1928
  • BJ McKie (American basketball player) he was born in 07/04/1977
  • Mary Eaton (American actress (1901-1948)) she was born in 29/01/1901
  • Rachelle Boone-Smith (American sprinter) she was born in 30/06/1981

Schools in Norfolk

College & universities near Norfolk, VA

Code Name City ZIP
233772 Tidewater Community College Norfolk (VA) 23510
232937 Norfolk State University Norfolk (VA) 23504-8000
231970 Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk (VA) 23507
232982 Old Dominion University Norfolk (VA) 23529
232919 Tidewater Tech-Trades Norfolk (VA) 23502

Stations (5)

Amtrak & bus stations near Norfolk, VA

Code Name Address Type
NFK Norfolk 215 W York Street BUS
NPN Newport News station 9304 Warwick Boulevard RAIL
VAB Virginia Beach, Virginia 19th St. and Pacific Ave. BUS
WBG Williamsburg Transportation Center 468 North Boundary Street RAIL
PTB Petersburg station 3516 South Street RAIL

Post offices near Norfolk

Post Office Name City ZIP
Customhou Post Office Norfolk (VA) 23514
Milan New Post Office Norfolk (VA) 23501
Norfolk Post Office Norfolk (VA) 23501
Berkley Post Office Norfolk (VA) 23523
Debr Post Office Norfolk (VA) 23517

Other places with the same name (5)

  • Norfolk , Nebraska city in Madison County, Nebraska, United States with a population of 24,363 people.
  • Norfolk , Massachusetts town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States of America with a population of 11,938 people.
  • Norfolk , New York town in New York USA with a population of 4,397 people.
  • Norfolk , Connecticut town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States of America with a population of 1,622 people.

Distance to Other Cities

Norfolk distances to largest Virginia cities