Living in Hampton Roads

A region of sunshine, beaches, arts, and sports, Hampton Roads is the perfect place to live, work, and play. The water defines the region’s sense of place, offering nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and outdoor activities like surfing, fishing, and boating for every weekend warrior.

Comprised of 17 diverse localities, each community has its own unique identity and culture. From the bustling metropolitan core of Norfolk, to the sunny oceanfront of Virginia Beach, the rolling farms of Suffolk, and the rich history of Yorktown, every lifestyle can be found here. Diverse living options are abundant with housing that averages 3% less than the national average.

Between the New York Times-recognized Chrysler Museum, the ever-changing exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), two thriving art districts — the Vibe District in Virginia Beach and the NEON District in Norfolk, there is no shortage of cultural opportunities in Hampton Roads.

The region has a growing music scene with festivals, local, and national acts performing across all genres. Every summer, the American Music Festival brings together the largest outdoor music crowd on the East Coast at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The many live entertainment venues include the Hampton Coliseum, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Norfolk Scope, the NorVa, Harrison Opera House, Sandler Center, and Portsmouth Pavilion.

Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News