City of Norfolk
Norfolk is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States of America. With a population of 234,403 inhabitants, figures from the 2000 census, Norfolk is one of the largest cities in Virginia. Norfolk is located in the Hampton Roads, a large natural harbor located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk is one of nine cities and seven counties that make up the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, officially known as Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA. The city borders on the west with the Elizabeth River and on the north with the Chesapeake Bay. The city also shares a land border with the independent Chesapeake cities to the south and Virginia Beach to the east.
One of the oldest of the Seven Cities of Hampton Roads, is Norfolk, and is considered the historic, urban, financial, and cultural center of the region. The city has a long history as a strategic military and transport point. Norfolk welcomes both the Norfolk Naval Base, the world's largest naval base, and the Norfolk Southern Railway corporate headquarters, to the Fortune 500 company, which is one of North America's premier train companies. As it is surrounded by multiple bodies of water, Norfolk has many miles of coastline on its property, and is linked with its neighboring cities by an extensive network of interstate highways, bridges and tunnels. Norfolk is home to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and the Norfolk Tides of the International League. This city is also home to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, of PETA, and the headquarters of the Virginia Opera, and the Virginia Zoo.