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Overview

Introduction to Hampton, Virginia

Hampton is a Virginia city located on the southeast end of the Virginia Peninsula. It is bounded on the north and east by the Chesapeake Bay and on the south by the Hampton Roads Harbor. The city is situated about 16 miles north of Norfolk, to which it is connected by Interstate I-64. Hampton is served by two airports: the primary area airport is Norfolk International Airport in Norfolk; and the region's secondary airport is Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, located in Newport News.

Widely considered to be one of the nation's earliest settlements, Hampton dates its origins back to the early 1600s. Mainly a quiet trading port before the Civil War, Hampton found itself in the middle of the conflict when the Confederate army, in an attempt to stop Union troops from taking over the town, burned it to the ground in 1861. From the ruins left behind, former slaves who were under a degree of Union protection built the Grand Contraband Camp, the first self-contained African American community in the United States. Hampton achieved its city status in 1952 after a municipal consolidation which resulted in the City of Hampton essentially incorporating the boundaries of the former Elizabeth City County.

Hampton Cultural Attractions

The Hampton area features a wide variety of historical, cultural and recreational attractions. The Hampton University Museum is located on the grounds of one of the oldest African-American universities in the country. The University originated as the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, whose mission was to educate freed black men and women after the Civil War and teach them trades and skills. Also located at the site is the Emancipation Oak, the place where Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was read. Another Hampton landmark is the Virginia Air & Space Center, the official visitor center for NASA's Langley Research Center. Here visitors can see the Apollo 12 Command Capsule that journeyed to the moon, experience a state-of-the-art virtual-reality video on the pioneers of flying, and much more. The Hampton History Museum, located in historic downtown, tells the storied history of Hampton. Costumed interpreters are on-hand to help visitors understand the significance and context of the exhibits. Also located downtown is The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, a 1925 structure which served as Hampton's public library for over 60 years. After careful renovation and restoration, the building now presents changing exhibitions of the best of local, regional, and national artists. And no Hampton attraction is more significant than the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe (the largest stone fort ever built in the United States). The Museum chronicles the Fort's role during the Civil War and contains the cell in which Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned.

Fans of NCAA Division I collegiate athletics have teams in town to root for. The Hampton University Pirates compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), in which their teams have won titles in many sports, including football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's track, and men's and women's tennis. Hampton also has a professional sports team, soccer's Hampton Roads Piranhas who compete in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League (PDL). Nearby Norfolk is home to the Tides, a minor-league AAA baseball affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles; and also to the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals, a farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL.

People

Total Population 137,081
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 64,027
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 41%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.2%
Median Earnings25+ $33,576
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,415
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,412

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,693
% Above Poverty Level 84.7%
% Below Poverty Level 15.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,009
Median House Value $188,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.2%
US/American 0%
English 6.7%
Irish 5.8%

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

Hampton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 21 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County
Metro Area Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News
Standard Zip Codes 23605, 23651, 23661, 23662, 23663, 23664, 23665, 23666, 23667, 23668, 23669
P.O. Box Zip Codes 23670
Company Zip Codes 23630, 23631, 23653, 23681
Phone Area Codes 757
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.03
Longitude -76.37

Hampton 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 LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE
Distance 3.9 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 NORFOLK NAS
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 49 F
Apr Temp 50 to 68 F
Jul Temp 73 to 88 F
Oct Temp 55 to 70 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Station NORFOLK INTL AP
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 67 F
Jul Temp 71 to 87 F
Oct Temp 53 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chesapeake 230,601 $78,923
Newport News 181,323 $58,040
Norfolk 245,452 $51,578
Poquoson 12,077 $97,684
Portsmouth 96,135 $54,547
Smithfield 8,233 $83,657

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

Hampton Public Libraries

Library
Hampton Public Library
4207 VICTORIA BLVD
Hampton, Virginia
(757) 727-1153
Library Web Site

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Hampton Hospitals

SENTARA CAREPLEX HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
3000 COLISEUM DRIVE
(800) 736-8272
Emergency Service: Yes

Hampton VA Medical Center
(VA)
100 Emancipation Drive
(757) 722-9961
Emergency Service:

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Hampton High Schools

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BETHEL HIGH
1067 BIG BETHEL RD
757-825-4400
Serves 2,052 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

KECOUGHTAN HIGH
522 WOODLAND RD
757-850-5000
Serves 1,896 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

HAMPTON HIGH
1491 W QUEEN ST
757-825-4430
Serves 1,588 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

PHOEBUS HIGH
100 IRELAND ST
757-727-1000
Serves 1,364 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

HAMPTON HARBOUR ACADEMY
700 SHELL RD BLDG 2
757-247-4050
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 201 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

MULTI-DISABLED SCHOOL
700 SHELL RD
757-247-2050
A Special Education School
Serves 75 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.4

NEW HORIZONS REG ED CTR
520 BUTLER FARM ROAD
757-766-1100
A Special Education School

HAMPTON/NEWPORT NEWS LESS SECURE DET. HOME
4315 KECOUGHTAN RD.
757-723-8248
A Non-traditional School

NEW HORIZONS GOV SCHOOL
520 BUTLER FARM RD
757-766-1100
A Magnet School.

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Hampton Roads from Hotel Warwick (Newport News) c1907.

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Hampton Roads from Hotel Warwick (Newport News) c1907.

Hotel Chamberlin (Old Point Comfort) 1902

C. & O. (Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company) station and terminal (Newport) between 1900 and 1910

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