The five largest cities in Virginia in terms of population as of 2015 are Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond and Newport News. The rest of the top 10 are Alexandria, Hampton, Roanoke, Portsmouth and Suffolk.
Virginia Beach, with a 2010 population of 437,994, is a resort city that draws many tourists and residents to its beaches. The city has state parks, historic sites and military bases, and it hosts the annual East Coast Surfing Championships.
Norfolk, by the Chesapeake Bay, is a port city and home to the largest U.S. naval base. One of the headquarters for NATO's Strategic Command is in Norfolk, as is the headquarters of the Norfolk Southern Railway.
Chesapeake contains part of the Great Dismal Swamp. Its farms and forests make it a destination for agritourism and birdwatching. Richmond is the state capital and home to Revolutionary War landmarks. Newport News is another city of military bases and also has history from Jamestown to the Civil War.