Hampton Roads is the name for both a body of water and the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC metropolitan area which surrounds it in southeastern Virginia, United States. Hampton Roads is notable for its large military presence and its year-round ice-free harbor, for United States Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, NASA, Marine Corps, and Army facilities, shipyards, coal piers, and hundreds of miles of waterfront property and beaches, all of which contribute to the diversity and stability of the region's economy.[1]


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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News is the 49th largest metropolitan area in the United States[2]

photo by Commander Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station (source)


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampton_Roads
  2. http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/population.html