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The Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean surroundings contribute to a unique and pleasurable lifestyle. Outdoor recreation possibilities are numerous and varied. Activities enjoyed by natives and visitors alike include boating, swimming, hiking, biking, camping, crabbing, fishing, or simply observing wildlife in its natural setting. Miles of unspoiled ocean beaches are available on the barrier islands that line the coast. Northampton County offers public parks and athletic facilities. Organized athletics and team sports for youth and adults are available through the local public recreation and parks department. Two private membership golf courses are available within the community.

The Eastern Shore and Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge is in southern Northampton County. This refuge is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that permits hiking, fishing, bird watching, and provides narrated tours. The annual birding festival in October is a major event for the community. Typically, as many as 5,000 persons are drawn to the area for the weekend celebration.

The Nature Conservatory and the state and federal governments maintain a 45-mile stretch of seaside barrier islands in their natural state. The public can access most of these islands. They are renowned for their expansive beaches, surrounding lush salt marshes, and great concentrations of shorebirds, seabirds, and migrating water fowl.

Residents can take advantage of a regular schedule of dramatic performances by local theater groups on the Eastern Shore. Norfolk, an hour's drive away, affords a tremendous variety of cultural and entertainment options including drama, concerts, museums, and sporting events.

Seasonal festivals and special events such as the Annual Seafood Festival, the Parade of Tall Ships, and the Eastern Shore Birding Festival continue to attract thousands of patrons from surrounding areas to celebrate the amenities and lifestyle found on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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Locality Profile

Total Population (2015)

5,929 Males
6,460 Females
12,389 Total

Per Capita Income (2010) - $23,473

Median Household Income (2009)- $33,635

Unemployment Rate (2015) - 7.7%

Per Capita Income (2011) - $22,824


Employment by Industry (2010)

Health Care & Social Assistance 22.86%

Government 22.48%

Retail 11.54%

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 10.55%

Manufacturing 9.72%

Accommodations & Food Service 7.22%

Construction 3.1%

Major Employers


Bayshore Concrete Products Corporation

New Ravenna, Inc.


Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Authority

Food Lion

Health Care

Riverside Regional Medical Center

Heritage Hall

Therapeutic Interventions

Eastern Shore Rural Health

Government / Schools

Northampton County Schools

County of Northampton


Elementary 2 (Grades Pre-K thru 7th)
High School 1 (Grades 8 thru 12)

Student Teacher Ratio

Private Education

Broadwater Academy

Cape Charles Christian School

Higher Education Facility

Eastern Shore Community College


Average January temp. 40ºF 4ºC

Average July temp. 79ºF 26ºC

Average annual precipitation 40.35"

Average annual snowfall 7.30"

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