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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 37,222
Virginia 8,576,326
United States 329,399,330

Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 2019 Forecast 

Percent of Population by Age Group
Age Range Percent of Population
Under 18 20.7%
18-34 17.9%
35-54 27.3%
55+ 34.1%
Median Age 45.1
Male 48.8%
Female 51.2%

Esri Business Analyst Online 20156Detailed Age Profile 

Median Household Income
Year Amount
2016 $ 65,823
2021 Forecast $ 74,850

Esri Business Analyst Online, 2016 Forecast

Educational Attainment Ages 25+
Isle of Wight Percent
At Least a High School Diploma 87.50%
At Least Some College 59.90%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 27.90%
United States  
At Least a High School Diploma 87.18%
At Least Some College 59.60%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 30.45%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2016 Market Profile

Labor Force
Civilian Labor Force 18,380
Employed 17,680
Unemployed 700
Unemployment Rate 3.8%

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2017

Largest Employment by Industry Sector
Industry Number of Employees Percent of Workforce
Manufacturing 3,164 29.23%
Government 1,451 13.41%
Accommodation and Food Services 894 8.26%
Retail Trade 854 7.89%
Healthcare and Social Assistance 676 6.25%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management 495 4.75%

Virginia Employment Commission, Q3 2016

Largest Private Employers
Smithfield Packing
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
International Paper Corporation
Cost Plus, Inc.
C. R. England Inc.
Contact Information
Mr. Chris Morello, Director
Isle of Wight County Economic Development Department
17146 Monument Circle
Isle of Wight, Virginia 23397
(P) 757-356-1969
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