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The City of Chesapeake land and farms are attractive purchases for developers, businesses and sportsmen who are looking for a diverse economy, skilled labor and a rural lifestyle with urban amenities. Land in Chesapeake is in the Coastal region and adjacent to Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Suffolk and sits atop the North Carolina counties of Currituck and Camden. The 350.95-square-mile city includes 12.44 square miles of water that provides waterfront access for homeowners, businesses and the public. Its 244,835 residents reside in small communities dotting the landscape with no true urban area. The city’s transportation infrastructure includes US Highways 13, 17, 58, 460 and I-64. The diverse economic base is made up of several different contributors including military, hospitality, retail, tourism, manufacturing and healthcare. Farming, once a major factor in the economy, still contributes to the base. Farmland encompasses 36,796 acres, and 95% of agricultural sales is for crops. Top private employers include Dollar Tree, Capital One Services LLC and QVC. Fishermen find all sorts of opportunities to catch their limits in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Northwest River Park, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the many creeks and canals. Hunters can find bears, deer, turkeys and small game on both private and public lands. Waterfowl hunting also is popular, and some farmers convert fields to impoundments during duck season. Other attractions include the Chesapeake Arboretum, Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal and Dismal Swamp Canal. Chesapeake Public Schools provides K-12 public education.