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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 12,197
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 21.5%
18-34 16.7%
35-54 27.7%
55+ 34.1%
Median Age 45.1
Male 49.6%
Female 50.4%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2016 Detailed Age Profile 

Median Household Income
Year Amount
2016 $ 82,854
2021 Forecast $ 93,617

Esri Business Analyst Online, 2016 Forecast

Educational Attainment Ages 25+
Poquoson Percent
At Least a High School Diploma 93.40%
At Least Some College 69.50%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 37.80%
United States  
At Least a High School Diploma 87.18%
At Least Some College 59.60%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 30.50%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2016 Ma45et Profile

Labor Force
Civilian Labor Force 6,090
Employed 5,870
Unemployed 220
Unemployment Rate 3.6%

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2017

Largest Employment by Industry Sector
Industry Number of Employees Percent of Workforce
Government 495 28.76%
Retail Trade 297 17.26%
Accommodation and Food Services 218 12.67%
Health and Social Assistance 165 9.59%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management 134 7.79%
Construction 123 7.15%

Virginia Employment Commission, Q3 2016

Largest Private Employers
Farm Fresh
Food Lion
Golden Living Center
Village Williamsburg
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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