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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:

Population 1 247,189
Civilian Labor force 2 111,075
At-place employment 3 139,417
Unemployment 4 5.4%
Active Duty Navy/USMC employment in Hampton Roads 5 72,136
Total direct economic impact of the Navy/USMC in Hampton Roads 5 $10.75 billion
Total Navy/USMC payroll (military and civilian) in Hampton Roads 5 $8.9 billion
Median household income 6 $45,996
Adults in the city that hold a college degree 7 26.6%
Median Age 8 30.2
Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing Units 9 $204,800
Number of persons who commute to Norfolk to work 10 103,381
  1. Weldon Cooper Center, UVA, 2015
  2. Virginia Employment Commission, August 2016
  3. Virginia Employment Commission, 1st Quarter 2016
  4. Virginia Employment Commission, August 2016
  5. Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Hampton Roads Area, Fiscal Year 2015
  6. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015
  7. Ibid
  8. Census 2010
  9. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015
  10. American Community Survey, 2008-2013


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
500 East Main Street
Suite 1500
Norfolk, VA 23510

Staff Details

Chuck Rigney
Director of Economic Development

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