Suffolk, Virginia is located near the southeastern part of the state and is part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, which also includes Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News. Suffolk is experiencing growth because of its proximity to Hampton Roads and its amount of available land for new home construction. The home resale market is holding steady. It is expected for home values to increase slightly over the coming year.
While the Hampton Roads area is a destination for many, with leisure and recreational activities to fill your time, because of the area’s rapid growth, it has suffered somewhat from sprawl. Suffolk, however, has not seen the surge of people that its surrounding cities have, and still has a lot of open space for development. Suffolk is divided into boroughs. It has plentiful waterfront land along a Chesapeake Bay inlet in the Nansemond Borough that is proving popular with new home builders. Whaleyville Borough is mostly rural and its small town feel is a distinguishing characteristic of the community. Chuckatuck is another small neighborhood community and is close to the Lone Star Lakes recreational park. The Suffolk Borough includes part of the most populous area in town, including the Olde Town and Lakeside neighborhoods. The other boroughs of Suffolk are Holy Neck, Cypress and Sleepy Hole which encompass areas south and east of its Olde Town hub.
The Suffolk Public Schools system is the largest employer in Suffolk, employing over 1,500 people throughout the large city. The entire Hampton Roads metropolitan area has strong ties to the Navy, and Suffolk is no exception. Its second largest employer is Navy Information Dominance Forces, also called Cyber Forces, employing nearly as many people as the public school. Suffolk also has big employers in its local government and health services. It is also the longtime home of the Planter’s Peanuts processing plant, which employs just over 300 hundred people.