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Poquoson is a suburban city of approximately 16 square miles. A former fishing village with over 84 miles of shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay, it draws residents looking for a small town lifestyle with excellent schools. Located along the eastern seaboard, Poquoson is just 80 miles southeast of Richmond, Virginia’s capital, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. Poquoson is in the middle of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Many federal government and large industrial activities are located within the region, including seven Department of Defense bases and Huntington Ingalls Industries, the largest shipbuilding facility in the U.S.

Economic Area Population 
Poquoson 12,061
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 21.70%
18-34 16.30%
35-54 28.50%
55+ 33.80%
Median Age 45
Male 50%
Female 50%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2015 Detailed Age Profile 

Median Household Income
Year Amount
2015 $ 78,478
2020 Forecast $ 89,168

Esri Business Analyst Online, 2015 Forecast

Educational Attainment Ages 25+
Poquoson Percent
At Least a High School Diploma 93.50%
At Least Some College 70.80%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 38.80%
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 6,122
Employed 5,952
Unemployed 170
Unemployment Rate 2.8%

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2016

Largest Employment by Industry Sector
Industry Number of Employees Percent of Workforce
Government 506 31.00%
Retail Trade 302 18.34%
Accommodation and Food Services 228 13.84%
Health and Social Assistance 172 10.44%
Construction 98 5.95%
Services other than Public Administration 80 4.86%

Virginia Employment Commission, 2015

Largest Private Employers
Farm Fresh
Surf Rider
Food Lion
Golden Living Center
Contact Information
Ms. Charity Gavaza, Economic Development Coordinator
City of Poquoson Department of Economic Development
830 Poquoson Ave
Poquoson, VA 23662
(P) 757-868-5314
(F) 757-868-3585
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