Shimizu is located on the coast of Suruga Bay of the Pacific Ocean and covers a wide area from a coastal plain to the hills. With a population of 32,205 (2009), it is is one of three wards of the city of Shizuoka. The main economic drivers are agriculture, heavy industry and commerce. The primary agricultural crops are mandarin oranges, green tea, commercial fishing and roses.
Shimizu was adopted as a Sister City by City Council Resolution on March 9, 1959.