Welcome to Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads is notable for its huge harbor, for U.S. naval and air force facilities, shipbuilding and repair yards, coal piers, and miles of waterfront property and beaches, all of which contribute to the diversity and stability of the region's economy.

The water area known as Hampton Roads (informally known locally as "the harbor") is one of the world's greatest natural harbors, and incorporates the mouths of the Elizabeth River and James River with several smaller rivers and itself empties into the Chesapeake Bay near its mouth leading to the Atlantic Ocean.

The land area includes most of the cities, counties and towns in the southeastern corner of Virginia and a small portion of northeastern North Carolina. The Virginia Peninsula and the South Hampton Roads subregions of Hampton Roads are sometimes collectively referred to as "Tidewater Virginia". However, that term properly applied also refers, geographically, to the entire coastal plain of Virginia including areas north of the Hampton Roads region.

For statistical purposes, officially known as the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA, the Hampton Roads area has a population of about 1.6 million and is the fourth largest metropolitan statistical area in the southeastern United States, as well as the largest between the District of Columbia and Atlanta. The area is steeped in 400 years of American history, and hundreds of historical sites and attractions in the area draw visitors from around the world each year.

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