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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 92,333
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 24.8%
18-34 20.5%
35-54 28.3%
55+ 26.4%
Median Age 38.7
Male 48.0%
Female 52.0%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2016 Detailed Age Profile

Median Household Income
Year Amount
2016 $ 66,037
2021 Forecast $ 73,091

 Esri Business Analyst Online, 2016 Forecast

Educational Attainment Ages 25+
Suffolk Percent
At Least a High School Diploma 88.10%
At Least Some College 61.00%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 27.80%
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 41,640
Employed 39,950
Unemployed 1,680
Unemployment Rate 4.0%

 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2017

Largest Employment by Industry Sector
Industry Number of Employees Percent of Workforce
Government 6,435 21.36%
Healthcare and Social Assistance 4,541 15.08%
Retail Trade 3,811 12.65%
Accommodation and Food Services 2,824 9.38%
Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services 2,360 7.84%
Manufacturing 2,166 7.19%

 Virginia Employment Commission, Q3 2016

Largest Private Employers
Navy Information Dominance Forces (Cyber Forces)
Sentara Healthcare
J7 Joint Staff
QVC Distribution
Towne Bank
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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