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City Summary - Chesapeake, Virginia
Chesapeake is the second largest city in Virginia by land area and the third largest by population. Located in the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Area, Chesapeake was formed in 1963. Money magazine placed Chesapeake eighty-fifth in its Best Places to Live list in 2008.

The 2010 United States Census reported a population of 222,209 in Chesapeake. Of those residents, 62.6% are white, 29.8% are black or African-American, 0.4% are American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.9% are Asian, 0.1% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1.2% are of some other race, and 3.0% are of two or more races. Hispanic and Latino residents make up 4.4% of Chesapeake's population. The median household income is $64,405, and the median family income is $76,091. Approximately 6.1% of Chesapeake's residents live below the poverty line.

Chesapeake is divided into six boroughs: South Norfolk, Pleasant Grove, Butts Road, Washington, Deep Creek, and Western Branch. Each borough contains smaller communities that maintain their own distinct character. Deep Creek is particularly noted for its combination of old and new that the whole town maintains, with forests and swamps in the south and businesses and homes in the north.

Chesapeake has many miles of farmland, wetlands, and forests, and protecting them is a high priority. Part of the Great Dismal Swamp and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife refuse are in Chesapeake. This area is home over 70 species of reptiles and amphibians along with bears, swans, eagles, and geese. Chesapeake is also a great place to go bird watching; over 200 species make their home in or near the refuge. Nearby Lake Drummond provides opportunities for boating and fishing all year, while the hiking trails near the Great Dismal Swamp offer a way to explore more of the area by foot.
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