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Hampton, Virginia

Hampton is an independent city located in Virginia. It is on the southern end of the Virginia Peninsula, bordering the Chesapeake Bay. The City has a total area of 136.2 square miles; 51.8 miles of that is land and 84.4 miles is water, with a total population of more than 137,000.

The City boasts a strong military and technology presence. The nation’s first air base, Langley Air Force Base, is home of First Fighter Wing and continuing to add new missions. As Joint Base Langley-Eustis, it contributes nearly $4 billion a year to the regional economy. NASA Langley Research Center, where America’s first astronauts were trained, is a major center for aviation research. In addition, the National Institute for Aerospace, run by a consortium of universities, conducts research on both manned and unmanned systems. The most recent research center is Huntington Ingalls, which located its Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence in Hampton to focus on military and business applications for underwater drones. Virginia Tech has an expanded research center focused on seafood and aquaculture and opened an office and lab space as part of its Center for Coastal Studies.

In addition to these advanced research centers, higher education opportunities include Hampton University, a pre-eminent HBCU that offers 90 programs; the Virginia Peninsula Community College; Old Dominion University’s Peninsula Center; and Bryant & Stratton College.

The City is also home to multiple medical facilities including Sentara Careplex Hospital, the Hampton Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute for specialized cancer treatment, centers affiliated with Riverside Regional Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of the Kings’ Daughters, as well as military and retiree care at the Langley base.

Other major employers include Science Systems and Applications, Analytical Mechanics, Howmet, Amsec, Measurement Specialists Inc., Zel Technologies, Ferguson Enterprises, Registrar, Liberty Source, Old Point National Bank, VersAbility

Resources, and Faneuil. Huntington Ingalls also has employees at another Hampton location (in addition to the Unmanned Center). Tourism is also an important economic driver.

The City is situated between two airports, each less than 15 miles from downtown: Norfolk International Airport and the smaller Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

Hampton is part of a dynamic metropolitan region. Besides Hampton, the region contains four other cities with populations greater than 100,000. Hampton Roads now has a population of 1.8 million and is the 37th largest metropolitan region in the nation.

The city’s public school system has been recognized nationally, and the city’s government has been recognized for its flooding resilience programs, transparency, use of technology to benefit residents, and extensive citizen engagement.

Hampton is a welcoming and diverse city – large enough to provide a wide variety of festivals, music, arts and culture – but small enough that people know their neighbors. Hampton is more than 400 years old (the oldest continually occupied city in the original 13 Colonies) and has a rich history. Approximately half of the residents are African-American, and 37% are white, with the remainder split among multiple races and other categories. About 6% of the population is

Hispanic. Additional demographic data may be accessed by the hyperlink:

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