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Suffolk is a rapidly growing city in Hampton Roads, and is home to several prosperous companies. In fact, CNN Money named Suffolk Number 9 on their annual list of “Where the Jobs Are”. The honor joins the “Best Places to Live” ranking, a distinction Suffolk has also earned. With outstanding schools, experienced labor force, quality workforce development programs and overall excellent quality-of-life, there are many reasons why someone would opt to move to or do business in Suffolk.

Economic Area  Population
Suffolk 87,500
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 24.80%
18-34 20.60%
35-54 28.70%
55+ 25.90%
Median Age 38
Male 49%
Female 51%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2015 Detailed Age Profile

Median Household Income
Year Amount
2015 $ 61,408
2020 Forecast $ 71,967

 Esri Business Analyst Online, 2015 Forecast

Educational Attainment Ages 25+
Suffolk Percent
At Least a High School Diploma 88.50%
At Least Some College 60.20%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 27.70%
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 41,526
Employed 39,747
Unemployed 1,779
Unemployment Rate 4.3%

 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2016

Largest Employment by Industry Sector
Industry Number of Employees Percent of Workforce
Government 5,634 20.17%
Healthcare and Social Assistance 4,245 15.20%
Retail Trade 3,701 13.25%
Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services 2,909 10.42%
Accommodation and Food Services 2,448 8.77%
Manufacturing 2,071 7.42%

 Virginia Employment Commission, 2015

Largest Private Employers
Navy Information Dominance Forces (Cyber Forces)
Sentara Health System
J7 Joint Staff
Towne Bank
Unilever/Lipton, Inc
Contact Information
Mr. Kevin Hughes, Director
City of Suffolk Department of Economic Development
P.O. Box 1858
Suffolk, VA 23434
(P) 757-514-4040
(F) 757.923.3628
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