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Nansemond County, Virginia

23432, 23433, 23434, 23435, 23436, 23437, 23438, 23439

Peanut Capital of the World
It's a Good Time to be in Suffolk

Page Contents for Suffolk, Virginia

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions



Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.




Statistics & Facts

The Virginia state capital is Richmond.
The population of Suffolk is approximately 84,585 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 20,011 (1990), 30868 (2010).
The amount of land area in Suffolk is 1036.205 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Suffolk is 400 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 75.147 sq kilometers.
The distance from Suffolk to Washington DC is 153 miles.
The distance to the Virginia state capital is 74 miles. (as the crow flies)
Suffolk is positioned 36.70 degrees north of the equator and 76.63 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Suffolk elevation is 39 feet above sea level.
Suffolk per capita income is $ 25,587 (2009).
Suffolk median income is $ 57,083 (2009).
The Suffolk median home price is $ 249,100 (2009).
Suffolk average annual precipitation is 48.7 inches peryear.
Suffolk average annual snowfall is 1.0 inches per year.
Suffolk average temperature is 59.3 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 49.3 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 69.4 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 43.8 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 77 degrees F.


in southeastern Virginia, about four miles from Portsmouth and about 22 miles from Norfolk. Suffolk is an independent city, not associated with any county. It is in what is known as the Hampton Roads region. Other nearby communities include Windsor, Smithfield, Chesapeake, Franklin, Ivor and Rushmere.

Here is a map page for Suffolk.
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moderate with all four season represented. Take a look at the current weather in Suffolk.
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History & History Related Items

Suffolk was founded in 1742 and named for Suffolk County in England, the home of Governor, William Gooch. It had previously been known as Constant's Warehouse. Though suffering through trials, such as its burning by the British in 1779, Suffolk continued to thrive. It became an official city in 1910 and then, on 1 January 1974, became even larger when nearby towns of Holland and Whaleyville and the County of Nansemond consolidated to form the new City of Suffolk. The city is Virginia's largest city in area.

Known as the Peanut Capital of the world, Suffolk is home to Planters Nut and Chocolate Company which was founded here in 1912 by Amedeo Obici.

Here is a timeline history page for Suffolk. Also try this history page for Suffolk. Learn more about prominent people who have lived in Suffolk, including Amedeo Obici. This page has a number of good pictures of most of these people.
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This page lists just some of the things to see and do in Suffolk.

Suffolk Suffolk Tourism
524 North Main Street

Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone: 757-514-4130
Toll Free: 1 - 8 6 6 - S E E - S U F K

Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
This building was erected in 1885, but destroyed by fire in 1996. It has now been restored and houses many displays and an HO scale model railroad including historical buildings from the past.
326 N. Main St
Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone: 757-923-4750

Suffolk Peanut Festival
Held each year in October
Try a Peanut Butter Sculpture or a demolition derby among many other attractions at this fun festival.
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Economy & Industry

Suffolk Department of Economic Development
440 Market Street
Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone: 757-514-4040
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Suffolk City Government

City of Suffolk, Virginia.
Suffolk has a Council/Manager form of government. There are seven city councilmembers who are elected and a city manager who is appointed.

City of Suffolk
P.O. Box 1858
Suffolk, VA 23439
Phone: 757-923-2085

Suffolk Historical Events

2008 April 28
On this date an EF3 Tornado touched down doing serious damage to a large area. It skipped throughout the town touching down multiple times. The path went north and west of the downtown area and damaged over 120 homes and 12 businesses. Over 200 were injured in the storm. The damages were estimated to be around $ 20 million.

Suffolk Chamber

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
500 East Main Street, Suite 700
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-622-2312

Suffolk Organizations

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
500 East Main Street, Suite 700
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-622-2312

Suffolk Libraries

Suffolk Public Library System
Morgan Memorial Library
443 W. Washington Street
Suffolk, Virginia 23434
Phone: 757-514-7323
North Suffolk Library
2000 Bennett's Creek Park Road
Suffolk, VA 23435
Phone: 757-514-7150
Chuckatuck Branch Library
5881 Godwin Boulevard
P.O. Box 2278
Suffolk, VA 23432
Phone: 757-514-7310

Suffolk Schools

Suffolk Public Schools
100 North Main Street
P.O. Box 1549
Suffolk, Virginia 23434
Phone: 757-925-6750


Paul D. Camp Community College
Suffolk Campus
271 Kenyon Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
Telephone: (757) 925-2283 Suffolk


Suffolk is Virginia's largest city at 430 square miles.

The population of Suffolk was:
1980 - 47,621
1990 - 52,141
1997 - 59,948
1999 - 63,500
2002 - 67,195
2009 - 83,659
2010 - 84,585

Median age:
2000 - 36 years 2010 - 36 years

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 20,011
2010 - 24,704

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 41,115
2009 - $ 57,083

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 18,836
2009 - $ 25,587

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 104,500
2009 - $ 249,100

Suffolk is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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