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Norfolk is a thriving city of some 246,000 residents and more than 100 diverse neighborhoods. It has a vibrant downtown, is home to businesses small and large, hosts the world’s largest naval base and one of the region’s international airports. The city is undergoing a successful renewal, including new office, retail, entertainment and hotel construction, new residential development along the rivers and bay front, and revitalization projects in many of its neighborhoods. From a vibrant arts district and renowned museums to beautiful neighborhoods and one-of-a -kind restaurants, Norfolk hosts everything expected from a world-class city.

Economic Area Population 
Norfolk 178,277
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 20.5%
18-34 36.6%
35-54 21.6%
55+ 21.3%
Median Age 30.2
Male 52.0%
Female 48.0%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2016 Detailed Age Profile 

Median Household Income
Year Amount
2016 $ 43,563
2021 Forecast $ 41,688

Esri Business Analyst Online, 2016 Forecast

Educational Attainment Ages 25+
Norfolk Percent
At Least a High School Diploma 87.80%
At Least Some College 61.60%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 27.40%
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 108,980
Employed 103,960
Unemployed 5,020
Unemployment Rate 4.6%

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2017 

Largest Employment by Industry Sector
Industry Number of Employees Percent of Workforce
Government 38,808 27.79%
Healthcare and Social Assistance 21,585 15.46%
Retail Trade 11,258 8.06%
Accommodation and Food Services 11,097 7.95%
Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services 8,025 5.75%
Transportation & Warehousing 7,532 5.39%

Virginia Employment Commission, Q3 2016

Largest Private Employers
Sentara Healthcare
Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center
Portfolio Recovery Association
Contact Information
Mr. Jared Chalk, Interim Director

Department of Economic Development
999 Waterside Drive, Suite 2430
Norfolk, VA 23510

(P) 757-664-4763
(F) 757-441-2910
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