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Overview

Introduction to Suffolk, Virginia

Suffolk, Virginia is 28 miles W of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Suffolk is situated in the South Hampton Roads region of Eastern Virginia. By acreage it's the biggest municipality of the Seven Cities of Hampton Roads. The city was the birthplace of Mr. Peanut, the famous mascot of Planters Peanuts. It's a primary railroad and highway transportation center and is a prominent peanut processing location.

The economy is based on retail businesses, manufacturing, distribution, farming and a variety of hospitality businesses. Major employers in the city include Planters Peanuts, Lipton Tea, QVC, Unilever, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. The city consists of a large number of distinct areas. Suffolk was hit by a Tornado in 2008 which damaged more than 120 homes and 12 businesses.

History

In 1742 the town was established and utilized as a port along the Nansemond River. It was originally named Constance's Warehouse. The name was taken from the Royal Governor William Gooch's home of Suffolk, England. It was an important transportation center due to the railroads running through the city. The peanut industry became a major factor for the economy. Suffolk became an independent city in 1906. The well known Planters Peanuts was established in 1912. In the year 1974 it expanded by merging with the towns of Holland and Whaleyville and Nansemond County.

Attractions

  • Heirloom Botanic Garden Boutique is a notable historic farmhouse
  • Planters Peanut Center
  • Southern Gun Works and Museum
  • Suffolk Museum
  • Glebe Episcopal Church is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Downtown Historic District
  • Nansemond County Courthouse showcases Roman Revival architecture
  • Obici House features Art Nouveau architecture and was built by the founder of Planters Peanuts
  • Riddick's Folly House Museum is a large home featuring Greek Revival architecture and was utilized by the Union Army during the Civil War
  • Suffolk Seaboard Station Museum
  • Suffolk Visitor Center at the Historic Prentis House

Events and Entertainment

  • Suffolk Peanut Festival
  • Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival
  • Nansemond Indian Tribal Pow-Wow
  • Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is an impressive structure and is utilized for educational events. It also features concerts and theatrical productions
  • Suffolk Farmers Market

Activities

The Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a large wilderness acreage featuring an abundance of wildlife and includes Lake Drummond which is a popular location for fishing and boating. The area's rivers and lakes provides excellent opportunities for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving and fishing. Davis Lake and Campgrounds is popular for camping, swimming, hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities.

Lone Star Lakes Park includes numerous lakes and opportunities for fishing, walking along nature trails and horseback riding. The city is home to five championship golf courses. Residents and visitors enjoy taking walks along the scenic riverfront.

Demographics

People

Total Population87,061
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens13%
Employed Population 16+40,928
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married51.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.6%
Median Earnings25+$40,454
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,628
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,465

Wealth

Median Family Income$76,246
% Above Poverty Level88.5%
% Below Poverty Level11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone21.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,052
Median House Value$236,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)44.8%
German9.2%
English8.9%
Irish6.9%
African5.4%
Italian3%
French Except Basque1.9%
Scottish1.7%
West Indian1.3%
Polish1.3%
Dutch1%
Canadian0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Trinidad Tobago0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Russian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Arab0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
US Virgin Isl0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
US/American0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Suffolk Almanac

CategoryValue
County Suffolk city, Suffolk City
Standard Zip Codes23432, 23433, 23434, 23435, 23436, 23437, 23438
P.O. Box Zip Codes23439
Phone Area Codes757
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude36.88
Approximate Longitude-76.55

Suffolk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSUFFOLK LAKE KILBY
Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp30 to 49 F
Apr Temp47 to 70 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 71 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationNORFOLK NAS
Distance21.5 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
StationNORFOLK INTL AP
Distance23.7 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
Franklin8,413$55,273
Ivor474$52,813
Portsmouth96,071$56,377
Smithfield8,304$79,254
Windsor2,643$63,947

Suffolk Public Libraries

Suffolk Public Library System
443 WEST WASHINGTON STREET
Suffolk, Virginia
(757) 514-7323

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Suffolk Hospitals

Sentara Obici Ambulatory Surgery
2750 Godwin Blvd.
(757) 983-2000
Sentara Obici Hospital
(Non-profit)
2800 Godwin Boulevard
(757) 934-4000
Bon Secours Health Center At Harbour View
(Non-profit)
5818 Harbour View Boulevard
(757) 673-5800
Lakeview Medical Center
2000 Meade Parkway
(757) 539-0250

Suffolk Public Schools

Booker T. Washington Elem
204 Walnut Street
ZIP: 23434
(757) 934-6226
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Elephant's Fork Elem
2316 William Reid Dr
ZIP: 23434
(757) 923-5250
Primary
Total Enrollment 661
Forest Glen Middle
200 Forest Glen Dr
ZIP: 23434
(757) 925-5780
Middle
Total Enrollment 383
Hillpoint Elem
1101 Hillpoint Rd
ZIP: 23434
(757) 925-6750
Primary
Total Enrollment 830
John F. Kennedy Middle
2325 E Washington St
ZIP: 23434
(757) 934-6212
Middle
Total Enrollment 565
Kilby Shores Elem
111 Kilby Shores Dr
ZIP: 23434
(757) 934-6214
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
King`s Fork High
351 King's Fork Rd.
ZIP: 23434
(757) 923-5240
High
Total Enrollment 1468
King`s Fork Middle
350 Kings Fork Rd.
ZIP: 23434
(757) 923-5246
Middle
Total Enrollment 1027
Lakeland High
351 King's Fork Rd.
ZIP: 23434
(757) 925-5790
High
Total Enrollment 1093
Mack Benn Jr. Elem
1253 Nansemond Pkwy
ZIP: 23434
(757) 934-6224
Primary
Total Enrollment 687
Nansemond Parkway Elem
3012 Nansemond Pkwy
ZIP: 23434
(757) 923-4167
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Oakland Elem
5505 Godwin Blvd
ZIP: 23434
(757) 923-5248
Primary
Total Enrollment 505
Pruden Center For Indus/tech
4169 Pruden Blvd
ZIP: 23434
(757) 539-7407
Suffolk Re-ed
2327 E. Washington St.
ZIP: 23434
(757) 539-2388
Turlington Woods Alternative
629 Turlington Rd
ZIP: 23434
(757) 934-6215
Creekside Elem
1000 Bennetts Creek Park Road
ZIP: 23435
(757) 923-4251
Primary
Total Enrollment 1008
Driver Elem
4270 Driver Lane
ZIP: 23435
(757) 923-4106
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Florence Bowser Elem
4540 Nansemond Pkwy
ZIP: 23435
(757) 923-4164
Primary
Total Enrollment 225
John Yeates Middle
4901 Bennetts Pasture Rd
ZIP: 23435
(757) 923-4105
Middle
Total Enrollment 1203
Nansemond River High
3301 Nansemond Pkwy
ZIP: 23435
(757) 923-4101
High
Total Enrollment 1546
Northern Shores Elem
6701 Respass Beach Rd
ZIP: 23435
(757) 923-4169
Primary
Total Enrollment 821
Pioneer Elem
9301 Southwestern Blvd
ZIP: 23437
(757) 934-6213
Primary
Total Enrollment 529

Suffolk Private Schools

First Baptist Christian School
237 N Main St
ZIP: 23434
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 210
Nansemond-suffolk Academy
3373 Pruden Blvd
ZIP: 23434
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 756
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