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Living in Suffolk, Virginia:
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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Suffolk, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked eight people living in Suffolk what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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As a part of the seven sisters cities, Suffolk is close to just about any and everything. The seven sister cities, also known as the 757 area, include the following cities: Suffolk, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Hampton. An honorable mention is Norfolk as it holds the world’s largest naval base. Although Suffolk may not be as popular, each Suffolk resident is supportive of their city and its inhabitants.

Samantha, says: 2020

There is a vast assortment of restaurants, mom and pop shops, and activities around the city. If one were to drive from Downtown Suffolk to Northern Suffolk, they would see the prevalent difference in people, places, and citylife. Suffolk is most known for Peanuts, as it is called the Peanut City. Every month, it hosts a Peanut Fest and a Peanut Fest Parade. Suffolk residents in High School have the opportunity to become Peanut Fest royalty each year. Suffolk schools also chose representatives from each high school to perform at the Peanut Fest.

Before moving to Suffolk, know it floods. When it rains for more than a day, the rivers rise making most roads impassable. Main Street, where most shops are located, will be difficult, if not impossible to access. If you still decide to move here, it would be best to choose a home on high ground.

Charlie, says: 2020

Suffolk is a very small town in Virginia. It is mostly wide open country roads. There is one main street that has multiple well known places to shop and restaurants to enjoy. Suffolk has a small town feel and is a great place to get away from big city life to enjoy a slower pace of life.

Madalyn, says: 2020

Suffolk is an old city. It was established in the mid 1700s by American Colonists. It is also one of the largest cities in the US in terms of total area, largest in Virginia.

Suffolk, in the Hampton Roads or Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia, was listed as one of the best small cities to live in America in 2010. At that time, the overall population of Suffolk was 84,585 but Suffolk is the largest city in Virginia in terms of boundary land area. Suffolk has an annual Peanut Festival due to its history with Planters Peanuts. Suffolk is less than an hour way from Norfolk, home to the largest United States Naval base in the world.

Taylor, says: 2020

The Peanut Fest Parade is an unforgettable experience. Marching bands, ruritan clubs, cheer teams, bikers clubs, and many more organizations line up in support of the city. Some groups hand out candy and snacks while parading through the streets of Downtown Suffolk.

Shauna, says: 2020

Suffolk, Virginia, is located in the 757 area of Virginia. When someone thinks of Virginia, Richmond or Virginia Beach usually come to mind and not Suffolk. There are plenty of different sides to Suffolk however. In downtown Suffolk, you can find an array of people. Downtown Suffolk is sometimes called old Suffolk due to the fact that it resembles an older time full of older looking buildings and less technologically advanced sights. In Northern Suffolk, you can find just about anything within a three-mile radius.

Samantha, says: 2020

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