Introduction to Poquoson, Virginia

Poquoson, Virginia is 6 miles N of Hampton, Virginia (center to center) and 27 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News metropolitan area.

Poquoson History

The place now known as Poquoson was inhabited by Native Americans. They used the term "pocosin" to describe this area. The word loosely translates into "great marsh" or "flat land." The city’s name is said to be derived from this word. Settlement was established here by English colonists in the early 17th century. Poquoson was initially incorporated as a town in 1952. This enabled local citizens to establish a public school system. In the year 1975, Poquoson was reincorporated as an independent city.

Poquoson and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Monroe
  • Hampton History Museum
  • Griffins Beach
  • Rens Wharf
  • Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Mariners' Museum Park

Things To Do In Poquoson

Poquoson offers visitors easy access to a large number of nearby historic sites and museums. One can visit Hampton History Museum, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Virginia Air & Space Center, Fort Monroe, and Little England Chapel. In addition, the city has beautiful beaches and wharf areas where one can enjoy a range of recreational activities. Rens Wharf, Amorys Wharf, Hunts Wharf, and Griffins Beach are among the popular tourist haunts. The city also has a shopping mall called the Wythe Creek Plaza Shopping Center, which offers some amazing deals. Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge, Mariners' Museum Park, and Sandy Bottom Nature Park are ideal destinations for a fun day trip. In addition, the city hosts the Seafood Festival every year.

Poquoson Transportation

Langley AFB Airport provides air transportation facilities to residents of Poquoson.

Poquoson Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton University, and Christopher Newport University.


Total Population12,077
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens17.4%
Employed Population 16+5,936
Age of the Population44


% of people married60.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher37.1%
Median Earnings25+$50,706
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,477
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,438


Median Family Income$97,684
% Above Poverty Level95.8%
% Below Poverty Level4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.4%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone22.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,154
Median House Value$307,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.9%

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

Poquoson Almanac

Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Hampton, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City27 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Metro AreaNorfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News
Standard Zip Codes23662
Phone Area Codes757
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Poquoson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance3.6 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
Distance13.5 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
Distance18.8 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
Newport News181,323$58,040

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

Poquoson Public Libraries

Poquoson Public Library
Poquoson, Virginia
(757) 868-3060
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Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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