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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 17,467
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 18.9%
18-34 18.5%
35-54 28.7%
55+ 33.9%
Median Age 45.1
Male 52.5%
Female 47.5%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2016 Detailed Age Profile

Median Household Income
Year Amount
2016 $ 46,994
2021 Forecast $ 53,060

Esri Business Analyst Online, 2016 Forecast

Educational Attainment Ages 25+
Southampton Percent
At Least a High School Diploma 80.30%
At Least Some College 46.20%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 15.90%
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 8,660
Employed 8,350
Unemployed 310
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 1,536 42.06%
Manufacturing 444 12.16%
Healthcare and Social Assistance 376 10.30%
Retail Trade 193 5.28%
Wholesale Trade 188 5.15%
Accomodation and Food Service 175 4.79%

Virginia Employment Commission, Q3 2016

Largest Private Employers
Deerfield Correctional Center
AEC Virginia
Gretna Health Care Center
Enviva Management Co. LLC

Meherrin Agricultural and Chemical Company

Contact Information
Mr. Jay A. Brenchick, President and 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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