dcsimg

Overview

Introduction to Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia is 20 miles NW of Newport News, Virginia (center to center) and 47 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The city is conveniently located inside the Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News metropolitan area.

Williamsburg History

The area now known as Williamsburg was a largely wooded land prior to the 17th century. English colonists arrived here in 1607. A settlement was established here in 1638. The community was named in honor of King William III of England. Williamsburg was established as the colonial capital of Virginia in the year 1699. The community was laid out by Governor Francis Nicholson who had earlier designed the city of Annapolis during his tenure as Maryland's royal governor.

Williamsburg and nearby Attractions

  • Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
  • Muscarelle Museum of Art
  • Earl Gregg Swem Library
  • Matoaka Lake
  • Golden Horseshoe Golf Course
  • Williamsburg Historic District

Things To Do In Williamsburg

The city of Williamsburg is an ideal destination for lovers of history and art. There are a number of historic sites and museums nearby that one can visit. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center and the Muscarelle Museum of Art showcase some interesting exhibits. The Jamestown National Historic Site, Endview Plantation, and Lee Hall Mansion are also worth visiting. The city has several libraries and memorial halls that offer valuable information about the history and culture of the region. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a game of golf at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Course or visit any of the parks that have facilities for playing a variety of sports. In addition, the city hosts annual celebrations including the Italian Festival, Scottish Festival, Virginia Indian Heritage Day, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and Williamsburg Film Festival.

Williamsburg Transportation

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Williamsburg Higher Education

Residents of the city can enroll at the local College of William and Mary. Other institutes nearby are Christopher Newport University and Thomas Nelson Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,988
Male Share of the Population43.6%
Female Share of the Population56.4%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+5,763
Age of the Population24

Families

% of people married26.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher56.7%
Median Earnings25+$30,053
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,321
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,124

Wealth

Median Family Income$79,491
% Above Poverty Level77.2%
% Below Poverty Level22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home7.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work17.3%
% Using Public Transportation4.3%

Housing

People Living Alone41.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,093
Median House Value$319,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.7%
German18.1%
English14.4%
Irish14%
Italian7%
Scottish3.8%
Polish3.7%
French Except Basque2.6%
Russian2.1%
Greek2.1%
Norwegian1.6%
Swedish1.5%
Dutch1.5%
Ukrainian1.5%
West Indian1.1%
Lithuanian0.9%
Czech0.9%
Welsh0.9%
African0.7%
Belgian0.7%
Arab0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Jamaican0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Romanian0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Moroccan0.3%
Bulgarian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Sierra Leone0.2%
Croatian0.2%
British0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Albanian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
+ Show More

Williamsburg Almanac

CategoryValue
County James City County, Williamsburg City, Williamsburg city
Standard Zip Codes23185, 23188
P.O. Box Zip Codes23187, 23081
Company Zip Codes23186
Phone Area Codes757
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude37.27
Approximate Longitude-76.7

Williamsburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWILLIAMSBURG 2 N
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp28 to 49 F
Apr Temp44 to 71 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip49 inches
StationLANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE
Distance24.1 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
StationWAKEFIELD 1 NW
Distance25.1 miles
Jan Temp29 to 49 F
Apr Temp45 to 70 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 72 F
Annual Precip45 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Claremont280$37,031
Dendron296$63,438
Smithfield8,304$79,254
Surry218$60,833
West Point3,326$78,048

Williamsburg Public Libraries

Williamsburg Regional Library
7770 CROAKER ROAD
Williamsburg, Virginia
(757) 259-4040

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Williamsburg Hospitals

Pavilion At Williamsburg Place
5483 Mooretown Road
(757) 565-0106
Doctors Diagnostic Center- Williamsburg
(Non-profit)
120 Kings Way
(757) 645-3130
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
100 Sentara Circle
(757) 984-6000

Williamsburg Public Schools

Jamestown High
3751 John Tyler Hwy
ZIP: 23135
(757) 259-3600
High
Total Enrollment 1313
Berkeley Middle
1118 Ironbound Rd
ZIP: 23185
(757) 229-8051
Middle
Total Enrollment 908
Clara Byrd Baker Elem
3131 Ironbound Rd
ZIP: 23185
(757) 221-0949
Primary
Total Enrollment 571
James River Elem
8901 Pocahontas Trail
ZIP: 23185
(757) 887-1768
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Magruder Elem
700 Penniman Rd
ZIP: 23185
(757) 220-4067
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Matthew Whaley Elem
301 Scotland St
ZIP: 23185
(757) 229-1931
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Middle Peninsula Juvenile Detention Home
9300 Merrimac Trail
ZIP: 23185
(757) 887-0225
Queens Lake Middle
124 W Queens Dr
ZIP: 23185
(757) 220-4080
Middle
Total Enrollment 459
Waller Mill Elem
314 Waller Mill Rd
ZIP: 23185
(757) 220-4060
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
Warhill High
3131 Ironbound Rd
ZIP: 23185
(757) 565-4615
High
Total Enrollment 1164
Eastern St. Hosp. Ed. Prg
4601 Ironbound Rd B11
ZIP: 23187
(757) 253-4250
Bruton High
185 East Rochambeau Dr
ZIP: 23188
(757) 220-4050
High
Total Enrollment 604
D.j. Montague Elem
5380 Centerville Rd
ZIP: 23188
(757) 258-3022
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
J Blaine Blayton Elem
800 Jolly Pond Road
ZIP: 23188
(757) 565-9300
Primary
Total Enrollment 544
Lafayette High
4460 Longhill Rd
ZIP: 23188
(757) 565-0373
High
Total Enrollment 1160
Lois Hornsby Middle
850 Jolly Pond Road
ZIP: 23188
(757) 565-9400
Middle
Total Enrollment 903
Matoaka Elem
4001 Brick Bat Road
ZIP: 23188
(757) 564-4001
Primary
Total Enrollment 723
Norge Elem
7311 Richmond Rd
ZIP: 23188
(757) 564-3372
Primary
Total Enrollment 660
Rawls Byrd Elem
4615 Opportunity Way
ZIP: 23188
(757) 229-7597
Primary
Total Enrollment 499
Stonehouse Elem
3651 Rochambeau Dr
ZIP: 23188
(757) 566-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 719

Williamsburg Private Schools

Walsingham Academy
1100 Jamestown Rd
ZIP: 23185
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 421
King Of Glory Preschool & Kindergarten
4897 Longhill Rd
ZIP: 23188
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Providence Classical School
6000 Easter Cir
ZIP: 23188
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 179
Williamsburg Christian Academy
101 School House Ln
ZIP: 23188
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 227
Williamsburg Montessori School
4200 Longhill Rd
ZIP: 23188
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 87
Sources :
Study Online in Williamsburg
Historic Williamsburg

photo

Old Bruton Church in the time of Lord Dunmore. c1906.
Additional Resources
Info for Williamsburg Government Officials


Are you an official in the Williamsburg government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.