James City County

James City County, VA

James City County is the perfect blend of a friendly, small-town feel and big-city culture & resources. You’ll find a full range of housing options, award-winning local schools, outstanding higher and continuing education opportunities, a low crime rate, and access to exceptional health care—all the amenities and services of a major metropolitan area, with a warm southern charm.

Industry Highlights

James City County offers a significant advantage for commercial and industrial enterprises. The county's land-rich locations and close proximity to the deep-water ports of the Port of Virginia make a perfect opportunity, especially for import/export-oriented business. In the southeastern section of the county is the James River Enterprise Zone. The 5.6-square-mile (15 km2) area contains a 2,400-acre (9.7 km2) area planned and zoned for the benefit of industrial enterprises. The James River Enterprise Zone offers locating businesses state and local incentives for investing in the area and creating jobs. The Zone is home to tenants such as a Ball Manufacturing, a supplier to Anheuser-Busch's Williamsburg brewery, a Wal-Mart distribution center, Haynes furniture warehouse.

Quality of Life

Each year, millions of visitors come to enjoy the natural environment, world-class museums, American maritime history, championship golf, award-winning hotels and dining, incredible shopping, organized sports and tournaments, hiking, biking and water activities.


Industry Employment Breakdown

Industry # of Employees % of Workforce
Health Care and Social Assistance 3,863 14.3%
Retail Trade 3,330 12.3%
Accommodation and Food Services  2,736 10.1%
Manufacturing 1,743 6.4%
Construction 1,469 5.4%
Source: EMSI    




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Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2021; Esri Business Analyst Online, 2024 Forecast; Esri Business Analyst Online 2021 Detailed Age Profile; Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 2021 Forecast

Key Companies

Busch Entertainment Corp.

Riverside Regional Medical Center

Anheuser-Busch Inc.

Avid Medical

Williamsburg Landing

Mastercorp Inc.

James City County Economic Development

Mr. Chris Johnson, Director
(P) 757-253-6607

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