Area Overview

Founded: 1682

Population: 247,189 (2016) making it the second most populous city in Virginia

Mayor: Kenneth Cooper Alexander 

Median age: 29.6

Climate: Most days in Norfolk are warm, with an average annual high temperature of 68 degrees and an average annual low temperature of 51 degrees.


Our Industry and Economy:

  • Military and Defense – Including the world’s largest naval base, Joint Forces Staff College, US Army Corps of Engineers, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) headquarters, SACLANT(Supreme Allied Command Atlantic) headquarters
  • Maritime and Transportation – Ship repair, shipping to and from the Port of Virginia / Virginia International Terminals, and the corporate headquarters of Norfolk Southern Corporation railway and major transporter of coal and industrial products
  • Bioscience and Medical – Research and development, nationally recognized hospitals, and Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Colleges and Universities – Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Culinary Institute of Virginia


  • The Virginian-Pilot (Daily Newspaper)
  • Inside Business (Business News)
  • WTKR-TV 3 (CBS)
  • WAVY 10 (NBC)
  • WVEC-TV 13 (ABC)