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Hampton Roads has a population of 1.7 million and is the seventh largest metro in the Southeast United States and the second largest between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

Two-thirds of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Jacksonville, Fla.

Over 8,000 highly-skilled workers, exiting military in Hampton Roads annually; 30,000 military spouses on average

The regional labor force surpasses 800,000

Over 96,000 enrolled university and community college students. Almost half of these students attend a Norfolk institution of higher learning.

Facts at a glance:

Norfolk, VA - Facts At A Glance
Statistic Level Value Period Source Link
Population Norfolk 245,741 July 1, 2018 Weldon Cooper Center, UVA, July 2018 Link
Civilian Labor Force Norfolk 112,436 March-19 VEC - LAUS Link
At-place Employment Norfolk 143,626 4th Quarter 2018 VEC - QCEW Link
Unemployment Norfolk 3.7% March-19 VEC - LAUS Link
Military Employment MSA 81,330 2017 BEA - Regional Data - GDP and Personal Income Link
Median Household Income Norfolk $49,445 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survery, 2017 Link
Adults in the city that hold a college degree Norfolk 3,831 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survery, 2017 Link
Median Age Norfolk 30.5 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survery, 2017 Link
Median Value (all units) Norfolk $204,400 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survery, 2017 Link

Norfolk Department of Economic Development Mission

Generate wealth for the City of Norfolk through business expansion, enhancement, and new business development complementary to our neighborhoods.

Contact Info

(757) 664-4338
999 Waterside Drive
Suite 2430
Norfolk, VA 23510

Staff Details

Jared Chalk
Interim Economic Development Director 

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