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Norfolk is an independent city.

The community was named for the county in England.

The latitude of Norfolk is 36.846N. The longitude is -76.285W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 7 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 241,727.


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Median household income
Local
$31,815
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Norfolk demographic reports
Norfolk is on Chesapeake Bay.
Long an important seaport; served as an early center of trade with England and the West Indies

The naval base was established here in 1917

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,383. The number of murders and homicides was 40. The violent crime rate was 5.7 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Wayne Newton, singer
· Peter J.K. "Jeff" Wisoff, astronaut
· Joe Weatherly, race car driver
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Harborfest - June 8-10, 2007
  • Virginia International Tattoo - April 20-22, 2007
  • Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - Sept. 22, 2007
  • Mid Atlantic Black Film Festival - July 26-28, 2007
  • Virginia Arts Festival - April 17-June 3, 2007
  • Jazz Festival - July 10-11, 2007
  • Birds, Blossoms and Blues Festival - May 10-13, 2007
  • Latino Festival - July 21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Norfolk web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Virginia Opera, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Stage Company
Nearby parks & recreation: Ocean View Beach, Susan Constant Beach Park, Community Beach Park, City Beach Park
Norfolk attractions: Virginia Zoological Park, Norfolk Botanical Garden
Sports teams: Admirals (AHL), Tides (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Chrysler Museum of Art, Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Hermitage Foundation Museum, Hunter House Victorian Museum, Tugboat Museum, Nauticus
Colleges and universities: Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 120

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Norfolk demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Norfolk City economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Norfolk-Virginia Beach area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 23503 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

9% of Norfolk residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Norfolk ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Norfolk was $17,372, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

20% of Norfolk residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Norfolk include Berkley North Historic District, Downtown Norfolk Historic District, Ghent Historic District, West Freemason Street Area Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Norfolk, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $449.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $973.


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Libraries in Norfolk include Baron F. Black Homework Center, Blyden Branch, Horace D. Downing, Janaf Branch, Jordon-Newby Branch, Lafayette Branch, Larchmont Branch, Little Creek Branch, Norfolk Public Library, Park Place Branch ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Norfolk include Virginian-Pilot

TV stations in Norfolk include WPXV, WTKR, WTVZ.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WHRO-FM., WHRV., WNSB.

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Norfolk City supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Norfolk political report.

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Norfolk restaurants taking online reservations include Kincaid's - Norfolk, Todd Jurich's Bistro ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Norfolk workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 44 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Norfolk between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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