Chesapeake, named after the Indians who once lived here, is a mix of suburban development, farmland, preserved forests and waterfront. It is the third-largest producer of soybeans in Virginia.

About half the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is found here, and the city contains the Great Dismal Swamp Canal, the nation's oldest working manmade waterway. Other parks include the Great Bridge Lock Park, where visitors can watch yachts using the lock, and the Northwest River Park, which includes a campground, trails for walking and horse-riding, miniature golf and rental boats, canoes and fishing poles.

And there's plenty of shopping, with two regional shopping malls.

Famous athletes who live or have lived in Chesapeake include MLB players Michael Cuddyer, B.J. Upton, Justin Upton and David Wright; NBA player Alonzo Mourning; and NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd.