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Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.




Statistics & Facts

The Virginia state capital is Richmond.
The population of Hampton is approximately 133,793 (1990), 137436 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 53,623 (1990), 55031 (2010).
The amount of land area in Hampton is 134.214 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 198.759 sq kilometers.
The distance from Hampton to Washington DC is 133 miles.
The distance to the Virginia state capital is 74 miles. (as the crow flies)
Hampton is positioned 37.05 degrees north of the equator and 76.29 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Hampton average annual rainfall is 45.55 inches per year
The average low temperature is 50.7 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 68.2 degrees F.


30 minutes from historic Williamsburg and Virginia Beach in southeastern Virgina. Hampton is an independent city not associated with any county.

Hampton is 25 miles from Williamsburg and just 11 miles from Norfolk. For maps of the area, go to this website
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History & History Related Items

In 1607, Captain John Smith stopped in Hampton before sailing on to Jamestown. Even the pirate, Blackbeard, came into port here in the 1700's. There is even Space age history here as the original Mercury astronauts trained in Hampton before their launch. Hampton, Virginia was begun in 1610 on the banks of the Hampton River. It evolved from a small cluster of scenic fishing villages. Their charm lives on in our picturesque commercial seafood boats and stately Victorian homes. Hampton has many "first" - First continuous English-speaking settlement. America's first free education had its roots here. America's first site for NACA, Today's NASA. America's first Christmas, first formal tading post, first professor of law, first national Seafood festival and America's first continuous Anglican Church - St. John's in downtown Hampton.
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Among Hampton's Attractions are:
Air Power Park; NASA Langley Research Center; Historic Churches; Hampton University Museum The Hampton Jazz Festival

For a free visitor's guide, call or write the Hampton Visitor Center - 710 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669
Phone: 8l04 727-1102 or 800-800-2202.

Hampton Roads History Center
Located inside the Virginia Air & Space Center
600 Settlers Landing Road
Toll-free: 1-800-296-0800
Phone: 757-727-0900

Fort Wool
located in the Hampton Roads Harbor. Trace American history from 1819 to 1945. Access is by water only. Please call for hours of operation and details.
Phone: 757-727-1102

Virginia Air and Space Center
Phone: 757-727-0900
600 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA, 23669-4033

Fort Monroe/Casemate Museum
It is the largest stone fort in America, as well as the only one surrounded by a moat. It was completed in 1834.
Phone: 757-727-3391
Please call for hours of operation.

Go to this Website about Hampton for more information about the city.

Carousel Park
602 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, Virginia 23669
Carousel Park features a wooden carousel from 1920 with 48 horses and two chariots. There is a small cost to ride.

The Hampton Roads, VA area has more car tunnels that pass under water than any metropolitan area in the United States. Six do so. Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (2 separate tunnels), Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, Midtown Tunnel, Downtown Tunnel, and the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. More are planned also. This is due to the fact the world's largest naval base is here.

The Monitor-Merrimack Bridge Tunnel is named after two ships that never fought. What it is referring to is the clash between the ironclads, U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia.
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Hampton City Government

City of Hampton

Hampton Historical Events

NBA phenomenon Allen Iverson from the 76er's was born and raised in Hampton, VA. Allen Iverson attended Bethel High School where he was a starting guard on the basketball team and a starting quarterback for the school's football team. Iverson eventually went on to play college basketball for the Georgetown Hoyas in which he completed 2 years and then went on to the NBA as the first pick overall.

Hampton Chamber

Hampton Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 757 766-2000
Visitor's Center
757 727-1102

Hampton Community Events

Special Events in Hampton

Hampton Organizations

Hampton Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 757 766-2000
Visitor's Center
757 727-1102

Hampton Libraries

Hampton Public Library
4207 Victoria Boulevard
Hampton, VA 23669
Phone: 757-727-1312

Hampton Schools

Hampton City Schools Hampton


Here are some "Fun Facts" about Hampton:
Hampton is the oldest continuous English-speaking settlement in the U.S.
Blackbeard's Point on the Hampton River, was named for the infamous pirate. Legend has it that after Blackbeard was hunted down and killed, his severed head wa displayed on a pike (at what is now Blackbeard's point) to serve as a warning to other would-be pirates.
America's first English-style Christmas was held in what is now Hampton
A city of 138,000 residents, Hampton is part of the metro area known as Hamlpton Roads. Hampton Roads is the 27th largest Metropolitan Statistical area (MSA) in the U.S.
Located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads harbor and the Hampton River, Hampton's waterfront location is in the center of the Hampton Roads region.
Hampton was the site of America's first organized teaching of African Americans.
Hampton was America's first training ground for U.S. Astronauts

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