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Southampton, VA

Southampton, located in the southwest of the Hampton Roads region, is home to an exceptional transportation corridor to the Port of Virginia, a Regional Workforce Development Center, a passion for start up business growth and an affordable quality of life. Founded in 1749, Southampton owes its rich economic heritage to agriculture and forestry. As the County’s economy expands and diversifies, it’s strong work-ethic and progressive stance towards economic development will propel them into a bright future with business and industry.

Industry Highlights

Land is Southampton County’s most plentiful and important resource, as agriculture and farming are a dominant industry. Southampton currently holds the title for Virginia’s leading county in both cotton and peanut production. In total, the County boasts over 600 square miles of land assets.

There are two publicly owned business parks within the County; The Southampton Business Park and Southampton Commerce and Logistics Center. The Business Park is located directly off Highway 58 and is zoned M-1 Light Industrial. The park has water, sewer and natural gas on site. The Commerce and Logistics Center, is zoned M-2 Heavy Industrial with water, sewer, and natural gas as well, in addition to rail access.

Quality of Life

In Southampton County, you can enjoy a community where small town amenities abound, including Camp Community College, Southampton Memorial Hospital, Cypress Cove Country Club, Blackwater Regional Library and James L. Camp YMCA as well as public parks, and the scenic Nottoway river.

Data

Industry Employment Breakdown

Industry # of Employees % of Workforce
Manufacturing 3,386 51.34%
Health Care and Social Assistance 703 10.66%
Transportation and Warehousing 604 9.16%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 533 8.08%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 361 5.47%

Source: EMSI

Demographics 2019

Population
17,467
Median Age
46.4
Labor Force
9,186
Unemployment Rate
2.6%
Median Household Income
$57,491
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

Birdsong Peanuts

Enviva

Hampton Farms

Paul D. Camp Community College

Southampton Memorial Hospital

Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc.

Ms. Ashley C. Covington, Interim President and CEO
(P) 757-516-7709
acovington@franklinsouthamptonva.com
www.fsediva.com

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