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Southampton County, founded in 1749, owes its rich economic heritage to agriculture and forestry. For generations, the County’s 600 square miles of land assets have served residents well. As the County’s economy progresses and diversifies, it is that same respect for resources and strong work ethic that make this workforce exemplary. Land may be Southampton County’s most plentiful resource, but its people are its greatest asset. Known for traditional values and a progressive stance toward economic development, Southampton County looks forward to sharing a bright future with business and industry.

Economic Area Population 
Southampton 17,974
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 19.10%
18-34 18.40%
35-54 29.10%
55+ 33.40%
Median Age 45
Male 52%
Female 48%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2015 Detailed Age Profile

Median Household Income
Year Amount
2015 $ 51,528
2020 Forecast $ 54,785

Esri Business Analyst Online, 2015 Forecast

Educational Attainment Ages 25+
Southampton Percent
At Least a High School Diploma 80.00%
At Least Some College 46.00%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 14.70%
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 9,185
Employed 8,871
Unemployed 314
Unemployment Rate 3.4%

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2016

Largest Employment by Industry Sector
Industry Number of Employees Percent of Workforce
Public Administration 822 23.17%
Healthcare and Social Assistance 526 14.83%
Educational Services 453 12.77%
Manufacturing 400 11.27%
Retail Trade 219 6.17%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting 195 5.50%

Virginia Employment Commission, 2015

Largest Private Employers
Deerfield Correctional Center
Food Lion, Inc.
Birdsong Peanuts
Contact Information
Ms. Amanda Jarratt, President & CEO
Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc.
601 North Mechanic Street
Franklin, Virginia 23851
(P) 757-516-7709
(F) 757.562.0486
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