Suffolk is an independent city located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia. By area, it is the largest city in the entire commonwealth. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 63,677. By 2009, the city’s population was estimated to have grown to 83,006, and its median household income was $57,546.
Suffolk was founded by English colonists in 1742 as a port town on the Nansemond River in the Virginia Colony. Originally known as Constant’s Warehouse, for John Constant, Suffolk was renamed after Royal Governor William Gooch’s home of Suffolk county in East Anglia in England.
Peanuts grown in the surrounding areas became a major industry for Suffolk. Notably, Planters’ Peanuts was established in Suffolk beginning in 1912. Suffolk was the ‘birthplace’ of Mr. Peanut, the mascot of Planters’ Peanuts. For many years, the call-letters of local AM radio station WLPM stood for World’s Largest Peanut Market.