Chesapeake, a city in the South Hampton Roads of eastern Virginia, is made up of mostly of urban areas and protected forests and wetlands. According to a 2006 census, the city had a population of 220,560 making it the third largest city by population in Virginia. It is made up of 350.9 square miles.
There are six boroughs in Chesapeake: South Norfolk, Pleasant Grove, Butts Road, Great Bridge, Deep Creek, and Western Brand. Several developing communities can be found in each borough. Counties adjacent to Chesapeake include Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Suffolk, which are all still in Virginia.Chesapeake’s development has been promoted by its location and transportation. The Chesapeake Regional Airport and The Norfolk International Airport in Norfolk serve as the city’s major airports, providing domestic and international airfare to all travelers. There are also five railroads that travel through the city. U.S. Highways 13, 17, 58, and 460 accommodate several drivers each year.All of Chesapeake’s water and sewer utilities are from the city’s Department of Utilities. Electricity is provided from Dominion Virginia Power. Natural gas comes from Virginia Natural Gas. The majority of the city’s water is from the Northwest River which is located in the southeastern part of the city.