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UVA says Chesapeake is now Virginia's 2nd most-populous city

Chesapeake's population has grown by more than 10 percent in the past decade, while Norfolk’s ticked up by less than 1 percent.
Credit: City of Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — The southeastern Virginia city of Chesapeake has surpassed Norfolk to become the state's second-most populous city. 

The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that Chesapeake has reached an estimated population of 245,745 people. That's according to estimates from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. 

Norfolk's population is just over 245,000 residents.

Chesapeake's population has grown by more than 10 percent in the past decade, while Norfolk’s ticked up by less than 1 percent. 

Hamilton Lombard, a demographer with the Cooper Center, said one reason behind Chesapeake's growth is that the city has lots of space for new homes. Norfolk does not. 

Virginia Beach remains the most populous city in the Commonwealth.