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Isle of Wight County is a progressive community on the western edge of Hampton Roads that embraces change while protecting the integrity of its rich cultural and historical heritage. The County’s 319 square miles provides fertile ground for some of the region’s most prosperous businesses, including Smithfield Foods, Inc., Keurig Green Mountain Coffee, and International Paper. We invest heavily in endeavors that build quality of life – schools, health care, parks and neighborhoods. As one of the fastest growing communities in the region, Isle of Wight County personifies the theme “local roots, global reach.”

Economic Area Population 
Isle of Wight 36,190
Virginia 8,410,175
United States 319,857,056

Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 2015

Percent of Population by Age Group
Age Range Percent of Population
Under 18 20.80%
18-34 17.60%
35-54 27.90%
55+ 33.80%
Median Age 45
Male 47%
Femlae 53%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2015 Detailed Age Profile 

Median Household Income
Year Amount
2015 $ 62,375
2020 Forecast $ 73,652

Esri Business Analyst Online, 2015 Forecast

Educational Attainment Ages 25+
Isle of Wight Percent
At Least a High School Diploma 87.50%
At Least Some College 60.00%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 27.00%
United States  
At Least a High School Diploma 87.80%
At Least Some College 61.10%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 30.50%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2015 Market Profile

Labor Force
Civilian Labor Force 18,533
Employed 17,784
Unemployed 749
Unemployment Rate 4.0%

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2016

Largest Employment by Industry Sector
Industry Number of Employees Percent of Workforce
Manufacturing 2,952 16.00%
Government 1,520 8.37%
Retail Trade 924 5.09%
Accommodation and Food Services 801 4.41%
Healthcare and Social Assistance 709 3.91%
Transportation & Warehousing 573 3.16%

Virginia Employment Commission, 2015

Largest Private Employers
Smithfield Packing Company
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
CR England, Inc.
International Paper Corporation
Food Lion, Inc.
Contact Information
Mr. Thomas D. Elder, Jr., Director
Isle of Wight County Economic Development Department
17146 Monument Circle
Isle of Wight, Virginia 23397
(P) 757-356-1962
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