Chesapeake, Virginia is located in the very southwestern region of the state. It is an independent city, which means that it is not part of any particular county. Virginia’s state Constitution makes independent cities more common than in other parts of the country. Chesapeake is a diverse southern city that contains waterways, wetlands, forests, and protected farmlands. It is the third most populous city in the entire city, with more than 225,000 people who reside within its borders.