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Overview

Introduction to Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia is 20 miles NW of Newport News, Virginia (center to center) and 47 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The city is conveniently located inside the Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News metropolitan area.

Williamsburg History

The area now known as Williamsburg was a largely wooded land prior to the 17th century. English colonists arrived here in 1607. A settlement was established here in 1638. The community was named in honor of King William III of England. Williamsburg was established as the colonial capital of Virginia in the year 1699. The community was laid out by Governor Francis Nicholson who had earlier designed the city of Annapolis during his tenure as Maryland's royal governor.

Williamsburg and nearby Attractions

  • Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
  • Muscarelle Museum of Art
  • Earl Gregg Swem Library
  • Matoaka Lake
  • Golden Horseshoe Golf Course
  • Williamsburg Historic District

Things To Do In Williamsburg

The city of Williamsburg is an ideal destination for lovers of history and art. There are a number of historic sites and museums nearby that one can visit. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center and the Muscarelle Museum of Art showcase some interesting exhibits. The Jamestown National Historic Site, Endview Plantation, and Lee Hall Mansion are also worth visiting. The city has several libraries and memorial halls that offer valuable information about the history and culture of the region. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a game of golf at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Course or visit any of the parks that have facilities for playing a variety of sports. In addition, the city hosts annual celebrations including the Italian Festival, Scottish Festival, Virginia Indian Heritage Day, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and Williamsburg Film Festival.

Williamsburg Transportation

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Williamsburg Higher Education

Residents of the city can enroll at the local College of William and Mary. Other institutes nearby are Christopher Newport University and Thomas Nelson Community College.

People

Total Population 14,754
Male Share of the Population 45.2%
Female Share of the Population 54.8%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,784
Age of the Population 25

Families

% of people married 26.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.4%
Median Earnings25+ $29,143
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,591
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,924

Wealth

Median Family Income $74,858
% Above Poverty Level 77.6%
% Below Poverty Level 22.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 17.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 41.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,093
Median House Value $320,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.2%
US/American 0%
English 13.5%
Irish 13.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Williamsburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles NW of Newport News, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 47 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County
Metro Area Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News
Standard Zip Codes 23185, 23188
P.O. Box Zip Codes 23081, 23187
Company Zip Codes 23186
Phone Area Codes 757
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.27
Longitude -76.72

Williamsburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WILLIAMSBURG 2 N
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 49 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 49 inches
Station LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 47 F
Apr Temp 49 to 66 F
Jul Temp 72 to 85 F
Oct Temp 53 to 68 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Station WAKEFIELD 1 NW
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Claremont 281 $51,250
Dendron 328 $66,071
Smithfield 8,233 $83,657
Surry 235 $58,750
West Point 3,336 $77,027

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Williamsburg Public Libraries

Library
Williamsburg Regional Library
7770 CROAKER ROAD
Williamsburg, Virginia
(757) 259-4040

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Williamsburg Hospitals

SENTARA WILLIAMSBURG MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
100 SENTARA CIRCLE
(757) 984-8141
Emergency Service: Yes

EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL
(Government - State)
4601 IRONBOUND ROAD, P.O. BOX 8791
(804) 253-5161
Emergency Service: No

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Williamsburg High Schools

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LAFAYETTE HIGH
4460 LONGHILL RD
757-565-0373
Serves 1,478 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

JAMESTOWN HIGH
3751 JOHN TYLER HWY
757-259-3600
Serves 1,331 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

BRUTON HIGH
185 EAST ROCHAMBEAU DR
757-220-4050
A Magnet School.
Serves 661 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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4601 IRONBOUND RD B11
757-253-4250
A Special Education School

MIDDLE PENINSULA JUVENILE DETENTION HOME
9300 MERRIMAC TRAIL
757-887-0225
A Non-traditional School

Williamsburg Colleges

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Historic Williamsburg

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Old Bruton Church in the time of Lord Dunmore. c1906.
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