Williamsburg, Virginia


Pros

-Nearby water recreation
-Educated population
-Stable economy

Cons

-Growth and sprawl
-Rising costs
-Air service

Location

Southeast Virginia coast
Profile: Large-city complex
Elevation: 30
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

What Bert Has To Say About Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metro Area


This complex area straddles the waterway known as Hampton Roads, a large bay that empties into the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest metropolitan area in the state in terms of population, and offers an interesting mix of urban, suburban, waterfront and inland environments. The cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth are to the south of the waterway, with the large and rapidly growing Virginia Beach located a few miles to the east along the Atlantic Shore. Hampton and Newport News lie to the north across a long bridge-tunnel connection. The natural harbor makes for one of the best ports on the East Coast, and shipping and shipbuilding activity are paramount, along with fishing and seaport-related commerce.

Additionally the area has a substantial Navy and Marine presence and a sizeable portion of the economy is connected to these activities. Virginia Beach has grown rapidly and is an interesting mix of touristy beachfront and modern commercial and family residential areas, with the large Oceana Naval Air Station thrown into the mix for good measure. Of the three major cities, “VaBeach” is by far the most prosperous and fun, but has suffered from the strains of growth and some might find the tourist impact excessive. Farther north on the James Peninsula lies the excellent historic and upscale residential and commercial area of Williamsburg, perhaps the top choice among all parts of the area.

The greater area has an assortment of museums particularly related to its maritime history, as well as a good set of performing arts activities. For an area this size, there are relatively few sports teams and no major-league teams, a complaint among some locals and particularly those who have migrated from larger East Coast cities. Other downsides include areas of overdone growth, traffic problems especially at bridges and tunnels and along heavily traveled Virginia Beach corridors, and often-unattractive naval and port areas and gritty neighborhoods nearby. Cost of living is moderate for an East Coast area of this size, but has been on the rise as the area becomes a more popular destination. The marine climate is pleasant and there is plenty to do.

The city of Norfolk is almost surrounded by water, with the Chesapeake Bay immediately to the north, Hampton Roads and the James River to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean 18 miles east. Numerous rivers and waterways traverse the area. The land is low and level throughout the city. The climate is generally marine and the geographic location avoids the worst of northern and southern storm tracks. Cool Atlantic breezes frequently temper the long, warm summers. Extreme temperatures are infrequent. Winters are usually mild and may pass with no measurable snowfall.


Highlights


CITY - Williamsburg
ZIP CODES - 23185, 23188, ... 3 total
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Quick Facts About Williamsburg


ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Williamsburg is 6.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Williamsburg jobs have Increased by 1.73 percent.

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Williamsburg's cost of living is 19.00% Higher than the U.S. average.

POPULATION
As of 2014, Williamsburg's population is 14,207 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 18.41 percent.

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Williamsburg is $279,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.20 percent.

SCHOOLS
Williamsburg public schools spend $0 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 10.8 students per teacher in Williamsburg.


Williamsburg Housing Market


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Comments


re: Not a fun place - 12/1/2005
"colonial or die seems to be the attitude." ...thank you for making me chuckle even just a bit..suffering from low mood for months...would you say living in... (read more)
re: Small Town Feel - 4/5/2007
I really don't get why people are saying that there is nothing for teens to do. What other town has Water Country and Busch Gardens? Geez. There's tons of things to do... (read more)
re: Life here - 6/26/2005
Nothing for teens to do? I take it that Water Country and Busch Gardens are not there anymore then? They took out all the parks too and stopped allowing canoeing,... (read more)
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