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About Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads is a region in southeastern Virginia, noted for its harbor, United States Navy and Air Force facilities, ship building and repair yards, and large stretches of waterfront property and beaches.  The large military presence makes Hampton Roads one of the most diverse and economically stabile communities in the country.

The area is often referred to as the "Seven Cities," referring to the seven major cities that make up the region: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. Williamsburg, some areas of the Virginia peninsula, and the counties of Surry and Isle of Wight are also often considered a part of Hampton Roads.

The Hampton Roads metropolitan area has a collective population exceeding 1.5 million, making it the 33rd-largest metropolitan area in the United States.