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Hampton Roads is situated in the middle of the Eastern seaboard where the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth rivers pour into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.  It is recognized as the 36th largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the United States and eighth largest metro area in the Southeast U.S. and the second largest between Atlanta and Washington D.C.  Six of the 10 largest population centers in the U.S. are located within 750 miles of Hampton Roads.

In 1983, Hampton Roads became the official name for the region, unifying the Southside with the Peninsula.  Home to 1.6 million people, the region includes the cities of:

Chesapeake Poquoson
Franklin Portsmouth
Hampton Suffolk
Newport News Virginia Beach
Norfolk Williamsburg


And counties of:

Gloucester Southampton
Isle of Wight                   Surry
James City York
Mathews Currituck (North Carolina)

HR Map
The term "Hampton Roads" is a centuries-old reference that originated when the region was struggling as a British outpost 400 years ago.  Hampton Roads honors one of the founders of the Virginia Company, Henry Wriothesley - third Earl of Southampton. Signifying the safety of a port, "roads" in nautical terminology means "a place less sheltered than a harbor where ships may ride at anchor."

Hampton Roads is the birthplace of Colonial America.  It is home to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement and to Colonial Williamsburg.  Its rich history, thriving maritime industry and beautiful waterfront landscapes merge with livable communities, modern technology, economic prosperity and a strong military presence to create a unique and welcoming place in which to live and conduct business.

Map Project
Participating Chamber members are featured in this Interactive Map.  You can find them listed in the Business Locator section of Maplocator.  This online companion to the flatmap includes: a category listing, pinpoint on the map and information about each member.  If you would like a flap map please contact the Chamber at 757.622.2312 and one can be provided to you at no charge. Our Chamber office is located at 500 East Main Street, Suite 700 (7th floor of the BB&T building), Norfolk, VA 23510.  For other requests go to the Chamber Shop to order your maps online.

Interactive "This is Hampton Roads" Annual Publication
Whether you are visiting the area or reside we encourage you to take advantage of all Hampton Roads has to offer.  For starters, take a look at our 2015 This is Hampton Roads publication--featured in a new interactive "flip" format.