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General Information Norfolk and Virginia Beach


There are a number of facilities and services inside HQ SACT that will help you during your employment with Allied Command Transformation. As indicated below, the United States also has a lot to offer in terms of education, transport, accommodation, and cultural and social life. All this together will contribute to an enjoyable and successful employment with NATO ACT.


·         Introduction: NATO is based in Norfolk, Virginia, close to Virginia Beach. This page aims to provide essential information about living in this dynamic region, offering a unique blend of urban amenities and beachside charm.

·         Location and Climate: Situated in the southeastern region of the United States, Norfolk and Virginia Beach are nestled along the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. NATO ACT is located in the larger Hampton Roads area, consisting of the seven cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton and Chesapeake. The area enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers, providing ample opportunities for outdoor activities year-round.

·         Average Summer Temperature: 75-85°F (24-29°C); Average Winter Temperature: 40-50°F (4-10°C)

·         Housing: Finding accommodation in this area offers a range of options, from city apartments to beachfront residences. Whether you prefer the urban energy of Norfolk or the coastal tranquility of Virginia Beach, you’ll find housing options to suit various preferences and budgets.

·         Education: For families with children, the region boasts a variety of educational opportunities, including public and private schools, as well as reputable universities and colleges in the surrounding area.

·         Healthcare: Norfolk and Virginia Beach provide access to high-quality healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics, and specialized medical centers. Health insurance is crucial, so familiarize yourself with the local healthcare system.


·         Driving: Many residents choose to drive, and owning a car can provide added convenience, especially for those who live in the suburbs or plan to explore the broader region.

·         Public Transit: The Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) system serves both Norfolk and Virginia Beach, offering bus and light rail services and providing convenient and affordable transportation options. Nonetheless, public transportation will take you a significant amount of time to get to your location.

·         Cultural Diversity: The communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach are known for their cultural diversity, with a rich history shaped by various ethnicities and traditions. You’ll find a wide range of restaurants, cultural events, and community organizations representing different cultures.

·         Recreation and Activities: From parks and beaches to museums and theatres, Norfolk and Virginia Beach offer a plethora of recreational opportunities. The region is known for its lively arts scene, historic sites, and vibrant coastal lifestyle.

·         Cost of Living: Compared to other cities in the United States, Norfolk and Virginia Beach generally offer a reasonable cost of living. However, expenses may vary depending on lifestyle choices and housing preferences.

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