Chesapeake is as diverse as it is attractive, much like the bay itself. The natural beauty of the place has attracted hordes of visitors over decades and continues to do the same today. It is an amalgamation of breathtaking natural beauty, chic urbanization and a rich cultural heritage, a heady combination indeed. A booming economy and steadily strengthening infrastructure has made it a desirable place to live and work. The city has been attracting business investments in recent years and was also named one of the best cities in America by Bloomberg Business in 2011. As the third-most populous city in Virginia, it has seen a 5% rise in population since 2010. It has around 233,371 residents, with rising employment opportunities accounting for some of the population boom.
One of its chief attractions is of course the Chesapeake Bay, with its incredible shoreline, quaint charter boats and charming B&BS. The bay is basically an inland estuary created from the Atlantic Ocean and dozens upon dozens of rivers and streams flowing into it from both Maryland and Virginia. It is the key to preserving the ecosystems of these two states, which is why visitors will encounter many protected lands in and around Chesapeake. Within the city one can also find protected agricultural grounds and wetlands as well miles of conserved forest lands. Parts of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge also make this protected lands list. The diversity of the city is not restricted to its natural habitats however. As mentioned earlier, this is a city steeped in history and culture as well. One will find theaters and museums to visit along with shopping centers galore.
Miles of fresh and salt waterways make for great outdoor adventures as do the scenic trails of the Caledon Natural Area with its trails to the Potomac River, Northwest River Park & Campground, and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Pay a visit to the Westmoreland Berry Farm & Orchard, known for its jams and jellies. The farm is also known for its climbing goats, a great attraction for kids. Known for its extraordinary cuisine that range from exotic to downright simple American fare, one will go home replete with country charm and maybe a bit of a seafood coma. Chesapeake is also home to Ingleside, one of Virginia's top vineyards. But it is not all about travel and tourism that makes Chesapeake attractive. With a median household income of around $69,700 (which is significantly higher than the national average of around $53,000), Chesapeake makes for a great place to work, live, and raise a family.