Norfolk, Va. is not located in a county. Norfolk is an independent city; its city government is run by a city manager and a city council elected to represent the city's districts, rather than by a county government.
The city of Norfolk is adjacent to other independent cities in Virginia, including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth.
Norfolk is part of a region of coastal Virginia known as Hampton Roads, which also encompasses the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Williamsburg. The area is historically defined by its natural harbor area, which includes the mouths of the Elizabeth River, the James River and the Nansemond River.