Introduction to Hopewell, Virginia

Hopewell, Virginia is 21 miles SE of Richmond, Virginia (center to center) and 73 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Part of the surrounding Richmond - Petersburg metro area, the city is not an isolated city.

Hopewell History

Hopewell was founded by Sir Thomas Dale in 1613. It went through a number of name changes beginning with Bermuda City, followed by Charles City, which was lengthened to Charles City Point, and later truncated to City Point. General Ulysses S. Grant used City Point as his headquarters in 1864 and 1865 during the Siege of Petersburg in the American Civil War. City Point continued to exist as an unincorporated town until 1923 when the City of Hopewell annexed it.

Hopewell and nearby Attractions

  • Berkeley Plantation
  • Shirley Plantation
  • Coles Point Plantation, Marina & Campground
  • Bushfield Golf Course
  • Victoria Park

Things To Do In Hopewell

Hopewell is a beautiful city with a variety of recreational facilities. Those interested in learning about the area would find the historic sites of the city interesting. The Old City Point still has General Grant’s T-Shaped cabin. One can also visit the Tidewater Mansion. Golf lovers can spend time playing golf at the Bushfield Golf Course.

Hopewell Transportation

Richmond International Airport is nearby.

Hopewell Higher Education

Virginia State University, John Tyler Community College, and Virginia Commonwealth University offer facilities for higher education.


Total Population 22,279
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,971
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 35.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,387
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,609
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,888


Median Family Income $51,489
% Above Poverty Level 81%
% Below Poverty Level 19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $835
Median House Value $123,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.4%
Irish 5.9%

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

Hopewell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles SE of Richmond, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Metro Area Richmond - Petersburg
Standard Zip Codes 23860
Phone Area Codes 804
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.28
Longitude -77.28

Hopewell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
Distance 25.7 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
Colonial Heights 17,515 $63,657
Mechanicsville 37,210 $86,568
Petersburg 32,123 $38,388
Richmond 213,735 $50,307
Waverly 1,570 $38,646

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

Hopewell Public Libraries

Appomattox Regional Library System
Hopewell, Virginia
(804) 458-0110

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Hopewell Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(804) 541-1600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Hopewell High Schools

Serves 1,018 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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