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Hampton is an independent city, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk metro area.

The community was named for the Southampton (Hampton) River, which was named for the Earl of Southampton.

The latitude of Hampton is 37.029N. The longitude is -76.345W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 3 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 146,878.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$39,532
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Hampton demographic reports
Hampton is on the James River.
The area was infested with pirates in the late 17th century.

The first battle between two ironclad ships occurred here in 1862, when Confederate forces aboard the Merrimack attacked the Monitor.

Public transportation: Hampton Roads Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 599. The number of murders and homicides was 10. The violent crime rate was 4.1 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Dwight Stephenson, football player
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Hampton Jazz Festival - June 22-24, 2007
  • Afrikan American Festival - June 22, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 5, 2007
  • Hampton Bay Days - Sept. 7-9, 2007
  • Blackbeard Festival - June 1-3, 2007
  • American Indian Intertribal Cultural Festival - July 21-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Hampton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Grandview Nature Preserve, Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Buckroe Beach
Hampton attractions: Bluebird Gap Farm
Historic sites and museums: Fort Monroe - Casemate Museum, Fort Wool, Virginia Air and Space Museum
Colleges and universities: Hampton University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 68

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Hampton demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Hampton City economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Norfolk-Virginia Beach area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 23661 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

9% of Hampton residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Hampton ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Hampton was $19,774, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

22% of Hampton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Hampton include Victoria Boulevard Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Hampton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $502.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $968.


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Libraries in Hampton include Hampton Public Library, Northampton Branch Library, Phoebus Branch Library, Willow Oaks Branch Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

TV stations in Hampton include WHRO, WVEC.

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Politics

Hampton City supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Hampton political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Hampton workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 21 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Hampton between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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