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Suffolk is best known for their peanuts, but this growing community is also ranked in the Top 20 destinations for young families and CNN Money hails it as one of the “100 Best Places to Live” in America. This community has a growing arts and culinary scene, a rich history, and a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment options that keep residents living happy, healthy lives. Nearly 84,585 folks call Suffolk home. Notable areas of Suffolk are Chuckatuck, Cypress, Driver, Harborview, Holy Neck, Nansemond, Northern Suffolk, The Riverfront, Sleepy Hole, and Whaleyville


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Suffolk residents frequently support locally-owned stores, museums, and galleries — so much so that the Economic Development Office has developed the Love Local Buy Suffolk program. Just a few years ago, the beloved gift store A. Dodson’s was named Independent Small Business of the Year for the entire nation. Other favorites are Plum Crazy Art, Hi Ho Silver, and of course the local farmer’s markets. Suffolk was, after all, the 'birthplace' of Mr. Peanut, the mascot of Planters' Peanuts.

There is plenty to do for all ages from “Second Saturdays” to the Summer Concert Series. Love art? Visit the Suffolk Art Gallery. Music or theater fan? Check out The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. The Suffolk Public Library (SPL) puts on amazing programs, winning two statewide awards: Outstanding Cooperative Program for their coding program with Suffolk Public Schools, and Outstanding Adult Program for their Amazing Peanut Chase Scavenger Hunt. Expand your mind with reading and enrichment programs or enroll in a course at Paul D. Camp Community College.

Not only is Suffolk a fun place to shop, dine out and enjoy the arts, they also boast nationally accredited parks. Suffolk Parks and Recreation won recognition from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for its beautiful parks and glistening waterways. Four regional parks include Lone Star Lakes Park (featuring over 4 miles of rocky trails), Bennett's Creek Park, Sleepy Hole Park, and Constant's Wharf Park and Marina. Outdoor enthusiasts and bicyclists can also enjoy The Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge with dozens of miles of trails.

In addition to well-known Planter’s Peanuts, major Food and Beverage Processing employers also include Unilever/Lipton Tea and Massimo Zanetti Beverage. North Suffolk is the home to several major modeling and simulation companies, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Navy Information Dominance Forces (Cyber Forces) and J7 Joint Staff (referred to as either "Pentagon South") bringing an estimated 1,000 additional employees. Other large employers include Suffolk Public Schools, Sentara Health System, Towne Bank, Warehousing and Distribution centers for Target, QVC, and SYSCO Food Services of Hampton Roads.

Visit downtown Suffolk and you’ll find a number of walkable restaurant options. Soul food, southern, American fare, Italian – it’s all there. Plaid Turnip, the “artfully comfortable café,” is most popular for breakfast, although the lunch and dinner crowd is also steady. Art made by local artists lines the walls of the restaurant’s interior. Everything about Harper’s Table nods to the rich history of the area. Named for chef and owner, Harper Bradshaw, this restaurant features local ingredients such as oysters, clams, and crabs; pork salted, smoked or fresh; sweet potatoes, peanuts, greens. Suffolk has a rich history, that the locals are proud of. Bradshaw used wood from a peanut warehouse in his wife’s family to create a canopy over the seating area and an 18th-century barn door camouflages modern-day amenities, a television.

Suffolk was founded by English colonists in 1742 as a port town on the Nansemond River in the Virginia Colony. Originally it was known as Constant's Warehouse. At the time of English settlement, the Nansemond Indians lived along the river where they fished, harvested oysters, hunted, and farmed. They were part of the Powhatan chiefdom, a coalition of about 30 Algonquian Indian tribes. The tribe still has an active community with an annual pow-wow each August.

After the Civil War, railroads prospered. A passenger station was built in 1885 and by 1918 there were six railroads coming through Suffolk with 32 passenger trains and 70 freight trains per day. Passengers service ended in 1968, but freight rail still is vital to the Suffolk economy. The station is now the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum and houses a nationally-award winning scale model of Suffolk, circa 1907, that was built by the Tidewater Division of the National Model Railroad Association.

On the National Register for Historic Places, Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Virginia Civil War Trails, Riddick’s Folly House Museum is a must see with loads of great reviews on Trip Advisor, and surprisingly a great place to take children. Riddick built his house after the 1837 fire that devastated Suffolk. Instead of using wood again, he rebuilt with brick. He even put his kitchen on the inside, something unheard of in a fire-prone area. In 1977, it was turned into a museum.

As you can tell, Suffolk has a historic charm. If you decide to call this region “home,” we will be thrilled to help you find just the right home. Be it wood or brick, historic renovation or new construction we won’t let you make a folly when buying here.

Demographic Breakdown

  • Median household income: $65,435
  • Average resident age: 38.4
  • Median condo/home value: $231,000
  • Median gross rent: $1,052

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