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Information about Chesapeake, Virginia
As the 36th largest metropolitan area in the country, Chesapeake, Virginia, is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in southeastern Virginia. Frequently referred to as 'Hampton Roads,' the metro region was America's first port and still remains one of its busiest. Chesapeake is less than 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean via the Port of Hampton Roads.
Chesapeake contains a large portion of the Great Dismal Swamp, which is home to a variety of plants and animals. Other points of interest in the city include the site of the Revolutionary War-era Battle of Great Bridge, the nearly 50-acre Chesapeake Arboretum and the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal. Additionally, Chesapeake is located just a few miles from Virginia Beach, a popular spring break attraction.
Education in Chesapeake
Sentara College of Health Sciences is the only 4-year, private, not-for-profit postsecondary institution in Chesapeake. In Fall 2014, Sentara had an enrollment of just 367 undergraduate students pursuing programs such as its bachelor's degree in nursing or an associate's degree in cardiovascular technology or surgical technology.
In addition to Sentara, Chesapeake features several 2-year, private for-profit schools and a campus of the 4-year, private for-profit Strayer University. Several notable public and private not-for-profit schools are located within a 20-mile radius of Chesapeake, including Regent University in Virginia Beach and Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan College and Norfolk State University, all in Norfolk.
According to 2012 census data, the top industries of employment were retail trade (15,000 employees), accommodation and food services (nearly 10,300 employees), and health care and social assistance (nearly 9,700 employees). As of 2015, top employers in the city included the Chesapeake City Public School Board, the City of Chesapeake, Wal Mart, Chesapeake General Hospital, Sentara Healthcare, and Cox Communications Hampton.