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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population136,789
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+64,324
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married39.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24%
Median Earnings25+$34,555
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,839
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,317

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,491
% Above Poverty Level84.4%
% Below Poverty Level15.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone31.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,032
Median House Value$187,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)57%
German7.3%
English6.6%
Irish6.1%
Italian3.1%
Scottish1.6%
African1.3%
French Except Basque1.2%
Polish1%
West Indian0.9%
Dutch0.7%
Arab0.7%
Jamaican0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Czech0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Swiss0.1%
British0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Hampton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hampton City, Hampton city, York County, Poquoson city, Newport News city
Standard Zip Codes23661, 23663, 23664, 23666, 23669, 23665, 23662, 23605, 23651
P.O. Box Zip Codes23670
Company Zip Codes23630, 23667, 23668, 23681
Phone Area Codes757
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude37.04
Approximate Longitude-76.29

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)

StationLANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE
Distance3.9 miles
Jan Temp32 to 47 F
Apr Temp49 to 66 F
Jul Temp72 to 85 F
Oct Temp53 to 68 F
Annual Precip47.9 inches
StationNORFOLK NAS
Distance7.3 miles
Jan Temp34 to 49 F
Apr Temp50 to 68 F
Jul Temp73 to 88 F
Oct Temp55 to 70 F
Annual Precip43.5 inches
StationNORFOLK INTL AP
Distance13 miles
Jan Temp32 to 48 F
Apr Temp48 to 67 F
Jul Temp71 to 87 F
Oct Temp53 to 69 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chesapeake233,194$80,359
Newport News181,606$59,079
Norfolk245,724$53,219
Poquoson12,068$99,519
Portsmouth96,071$56,377
Smithfield8,304$79,254

Hampton Public Libraries

Hampton Public Library
4207 VICTORIA BLVD
Hampton, Virginia
(757) 727-1154

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Hampton Hospitals

Va Medical Center - Hampton
(Government - Federal)
100 Emancipation Dr
Careplex Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Center
3000 Coliseum Drive
(757) 736-4100
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hampton
(Government - Federal)
100 Emancipation Drive
(757) 722-9961
Sentara Careplex Hospital
(Non-profit)
3000 Coliseum Drive
(757) 736-1000
Sentara Careplex Hospital A.s.c.
(Non-profit)
3000 Coliseum Drive
(757) 736-1000
633d Medical Group - Langley Afb Facility
(Government - Federal)
77 Nealy Ave

Hampton Public Schools

A.w.e. Bassette Elem
671 Bell St
ZIP: 23661
(757) 727-1071
Primary
Total Enrollment 454
Armstrong Elem
3401 Matoaka Rd
ZIP: 23661
(757) 727-1067
Primary
Total Enrollment 316
C. Alton Lindsay Middle
1636 Briarfield Rd
ZIP: 23661
(757) 825-4560
Middle
Total Enrollment 714
Hunter B Andrews
3120 Victoria Boulevard
ZIP: 23661
(757) 268-3333
Primary
Total Enrollment 1207
Francis W. Jones Magnet Middle
1819 Nickerson Blvd
ZIP: 23663
(757) 850-7900
Middle
Total Enrollment 680
Jane H. Bryan Elem
1021 N Mallory St
ZIP: 23663
(757) 727-1056
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
John B. Cary Elem
2009 Andrews Blvd
ZIP: 23663
(757) 850-5092
Primary
Total Enrollment 394
Moton Early Childhood Center
339 Old Buckroe Rd
ZIP: 23663
(757) 727-1061
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
Phoebus High
100 Ireland St
ZIP: 23663
(757) 727-1000
High
Total Enrollment 1104
Francis Asbury Elem
140 Beach Rd
ZIP: 23664
(757) 850-5075
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Aberdeen Elem
1424 Aberdeen Rd
ZIP: 23666
(757) 825-4624
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Alfred S. Forrest Elem
1406 Todds Ln
ZIP: 23666
(757) 825-4627
Primary
Total Enrollment 536
Bethel High
1067 Big Bethel Rd
ZIP: 23666
(757) 825-4400
High
Total Enrollment 1831
Butler Farm Campus
520 Butler Farm Road
ZIP: 23666
(757) 766-1100
Cesar Tarrant Elem
1589 Wingfield Dr
ZIP: 23666
(757) 825-4639
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Christopher C. Kraft Elem
600 Concord Dr
ZIP: 23666
(757) 825-4634
Primary
Total Enrollment 351
George P Phenix Elem
1061 Big Bethel Road
ZIP: 23666
(757) 268-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 1408
Greater Peninsula Governor's Stem Academy
520 Butler Farm Road
ZIP: 23666
(757) 766-1100
Hampton City Public Schools Gov Health Sciences Academy
1067 Big Bethel Road
ZIP: 23666
(747) 825-4400
Hampton Pub.schs Architecture & Applied Arts Gov. Stem Acad
One Franklin Street, 522 Woodland Rd
ZIP: 23666
(757) 850-5000
Jefferson Davis Middle
1435 Todds Ln
ZIP: 23666
(757) 825-4520
Middle
Total Enrollment 673
Luther W. Machen Elem
20 Sacramento Dr
ZIP: 23666
(757) 727-2900
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
New Horizons Gov. Sch.
520 Butler Farm Rd
ZIP: 23666
(757) 766-1100
Paul Burbank Elem
40 Tidemill Ln
ZIP: 23666
(757) 825-4642
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
Thomas Eaton Middle
2108 Cunningham Dr
ZIP: 23666
(757) 825-4540
Middle
Total Enrollment 668
Tucker-capps Elem
113 Wellington Dr
ZIP: 23666
(757) 825-4641
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
William Mason Cooper Elem
200 Marcella Rd
ZIP: 23666
(757) 825-4645
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
Barron Elem
45 Fox Hill Rd
ZIP: 23669
(757) 850-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Benjamin Syms Middle
170 Fox Hill Rd
ZIP: 23669
(757) 850-5050
Middle
Total Enrollment 1019
Booker Elem
160 Apollo Dr
ZIP: 23669
(757) 850-5096
Primary
Total Enrollment 454
Captain John Smith Elem
379 Woodland Rd
ZIP: 23669
(757) 850-5088
Primary
Total Enrollment 459
Hampton High
1491 W Queen St
ZIP: 23669
(757) 825-4430
High
Total Enrollment 1491
John Tyler Elem
57 Salina St
ZIP: 23669
(757) 727-1075
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
Kecoughtan High
522 Woodland Rd
ZIP: 23669
(757) 850-5000
High
Total Enrollment 1739
Phillips Elem
703 Lemaster Dr
ZIP: 23669
(757) 850-5079
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Samuel P. Langley Elem
16 Rockwell Rd
ZIP: 23669
(757) 850-5105
Primary
Total Enrollment 511

Hampton Private Schools

St Mary Star Of The Sea School
14 N Willard Ave
ZIP: 23663
Elementary
Total Enrollment 154
Victory Baptist School
445 Shelton Rd
ZIP: 23663
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 14
Calvary Christian Academy
2311 Tower Pl
ZIP: 23666
Elementary
Total Enrollment 55
Calvary Classical School
403 Whealton Rd
ZIP: 23666
Elementary
Total Enrollment 74
Faith Outreach Education Center
3105 W Mercury Blvd
ZIP: 23666
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 69
First Friends Christian Academy
1062 Big Bethel Rd
ZIP: 23666
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
Hampton Christian Schools
2419 N Armistead Ave
ZIP: 23666
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 359
Holloman Child Development & Education Center
1520 Todds Ln
ZIP: 23666
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
New Mount Olive Christian Daycare & Academy
919 Aberdeen Rd
ZIP: 23666
Elementary
Total Enrollment 35
Bethel Christian School
1647 Briarfield Rd
ZIP: 23669
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 141
Gloria Dei Lutheran School
250 Fox Hill Rd
ZIP: 23669
Elementary
Total Enrollment 260
Hampton Montessori School
225 Chapel St
ZIP: 23669
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
New Life Christian School & Daycare
1525 Power Plant Pkwy
ZIP: 23669
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
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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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