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Poquoson, VA

Poquoson is a suburban city of approximately 16 square miles in the middle of the Hampton Roads region. A former fishing village with over 84 miles of shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay, it draws individuals looking for a small town lifestyle with excellent schools. The City of Poquoson is business-friendly, intent on increasing patronage for its existing merchants and supporting sensible economic growth in its retail trade area.

Industry Highlights

Poquoson is conveniently accessible to I-64 and the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, both typically within 15 minutes travel time. Adding to this connectivity is the City’s Wythe Creek Road Widening Project will ultimately include a new bridge connection with Hampton and increased accessibility for multi-modal transportation.

Poquoson’s business corridor serves a three-mile market area of nearly 40,000 people with a variety of shopping and dining opportunities, all framed in a relaxed, unhurried setting, making it a perfect day trip for visitors. In 2019, the City was pleased to welcome a number of new businesses including a destination Chinese restaurant, a popular ice cream shop and a fashion boutique.

Quality of Life

An enviable combination of low crime rates, outstanding schools, civic-minded citizenry, recreational programs, and conveniently located shopping areas, firmly position Poquoson as a quality-of-life jewel in Hampton Roads. In recognition of these attributes Poquoson was recognized was ranked #8 among Safest Places to Live in Virginia (The Home Security Advisor) and #8 Healthiest of Virginia’s 133 counties and cities (Population Health Institute) in 2019. Most recently in 2020 the City was recognized in the Top 10 Best Places to Live Virginia, ranking #6 (HomeSnacks).

Data

Industry Employment Breakdown

Industry # of Employees % of Workforce
Health Care and Social Assistance 176 34.04%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 124 23.98%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 60 11.61%
Finance and Insurance 48 9.28%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 35 6.77

Source: EMSI

Demographics 2019

Population
12,197
Median Age
46.2
Labor Force
6,384
Unemployment Rate
2.4%
Median Household Income
$97,835
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2019; Esri Business Analyst Online, 2024 Forecast; Esri Business Analyst Online 2019 Detailed Age Profile; Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 2019 Forecast

Key Companies

Food Lion

Bayside Golden Living

Dominion Village

The Office Store

Surfrider

City of Poquoson Department of Economic Development

Ms. Charity Gavaza, Economic Development Coordinator
(P) 757-868-5314
charity.gavaza@poquoson-va.gov
www.poquoson-va.gov/215/Economic-Development-Authority/

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