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Useful and Interesting Norfolk, VA Information

Although Norfolk is known in large part from its military history and fantastic cruise options, the city actually has a rich culture and tons of interesting facts. Cruise ships are a major industry in Norfolk, with a pier specifically for their use at the foot of the Nauticus downtown. These relaxing cruises, when combined with the proximity to the downtown culture and military attractions, make for a wonderful vacation that is always enjoyable.

Norfolk City Info:

  • One of Virginia's largest incorporated cities.
  • Land Area: 53.7 square miles
  • City's major parks: Lafayette Park, Northside Park, Ocean View Beach Park & Barraud Park
  • Number of radio stations: 5 AM; 10 FM
  • Number of television stations: 2

Norfolk Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily high/low temperature -- Jan: 47.8/32.3F; July: 86.8/71.4F
  • Average annual precipitation -- 45.74 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Norfolk:

  • Atlantic City, NJ -- 195 miles
  • Hampton, VA -- 9 miles
  • Concord, NC -- 264 miles
  • Charlotte, NC -- 283 miles
  • Chicago, IL -- 886 miles
  • Dallas, TX -- 1367 miles
  • Miami, FL -- 962 miles
  • Nashville, TN -- 704 miles
  • New Orleans, LA -- 1057 miles
  • Raleigh, NC -- 184 miles
  • Washington, DC -- 201 miles

Norfolk Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911
  • Police: 911
  • Fire: 911
  • Bon Secours Depaul Medical Center (150 Kingsley Ln)
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (600 Gresham Dr)
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital (830 Kempsville Rd)
  • Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital (1309 Kempsville Rd)
  • Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (807 Redgate Avenue & 601 Children's Lane)
  • Norfolk General Hospital (600 Gresham Dr)

Norfolk Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Hermitage Foundation Museum
  • West Point Monument at Elmwood Cemetery
  • Chrysler Museum of Art
  • Hampton Roads Naval Museum
  • MacArthur Memorial
  • Attucks Theatre
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk Major Shopping Areas:

  • MacArthur Center
  • The Gallery at Military Circle
  • Many antique stores

Norfolk Major Dining Areas:

  • Downtown
  • Hampton Boulevard
  • Ocean View Beach
  • Historic Ghent

Norfolk Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Attucks Theatre
  • Downtown Norfolk Historic District
  • Wells Theatre
  • Taylor-Whittle House
  • Poplar Hall
  • Old Norfolk City Hall

Norfolk Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Samuel Face (Inventor)
  • Bob Saget (Comedian)
  • Gene Vincent (Musician)
  • Timothy "Timbaland" Mosely (Musician)
  • Patrick Wilson (Actor)
  • Ben Watson (Football Player)
  • Thomas Cook (Historian)
  • Tim Reid (Actor/Director)
  • Plaxico Burress (Football Player)

Notable Moments in Norfolk History:

  • 1705 -- Norfolk becomes Incorporated
  • 1841 -- Norfolk Academy school building finished.
  • 1862 -- City surrenders to Union forces.
  • 1959 -- Public schools become desegregated.

Interesting facts about Norfolk:

  • The largest inter-model center in the US will be completed by 2010, the Norfolk International Terminal.
  • The city is considered a "Tree City" due to the extensive quantity of trees and flowers in the area.
  • The USS Wisconsin calls the city its home, as well as many ocean going cruise vessels.
  • The world's largest navel base and North American headquarters of NATO are within the city.

Norfolk Population and Demographics:

  • City of Norfolk Population -- 234,403 (as of the 2000 census)
  • Male -- 51.6%
  • Female -- 48.1%
  • White -- 49.2%
  • Black -- 44.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native -- 0.4%
  • Asian -- 3.0%
  • Hispanic/Latino -- 4.2%
  • 2000 percent population 18 and over -- 74.3%
  • 65 and over -- 10.1%
  • Median age - 31.9%
  • Median household income - $31,933

Norfolk Colleges and Universities:

  • Old Dominion University
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Norfolk State University
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Tidewater Community College

Norfolk Economy & Business -- Notable Companies based in Norfolk:

  • Norfolk Southern
  • Landmark Communications
  • Dominion Enterprises
  • FHC Health Systems
  • Portfolio Recovery Associates
  • BlackHawk Products Group

Norfolk Hispanic Community Media and Churches:

  • Jehovah's Witnesses: Spanish Congregation
  • WCMS-AM
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