Learn About Hampton
Located on the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton is graced with miles of shoreline and breathtaking water views. The city is literally in the heart of the Hampton Roads region and the center of the East Coast.
Established in 1610, Hampton is one of America’s oldest cities and is also one of the fastest growing cities in the region…a city on the move! Rich in history with small-town charm, Hampton has been recognized by Money magazine as one of the best places to live, as well as a national model for youth development and civic engagement. Stroll the streets of our vibrant, waterfront community and you will quickly see what makes Hampton a great place to live, work and play.
Variety of Opportunities
In Hampton, we take great pride in partnering with our citizens and collaborating with a diverse array of businesses, universities and other government entities. Hampton is home to the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center and Sentara Careplex, a technologically advanced facility featuring the area’s first dedicated orthopedic hospital.
The Peninsula Town Center and other developments have re-established Hampton as the premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination of Hampton Roads. Peninsula Town Center features retail, dining, entertainment, office and residential opportunities. Other developments include The Power Plant of Hampton Roads with Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Embassy Suites hotel and new residential communities.
Hampton’s neighborhoods are as diverse as they are unique with prices, styles and sizes to meet residents’ needs. Options range from beautiful waterfront properties and exquisite turn-of-the century Victorians to new urban condominiums and convenient downtown living.
Quality of Life
The quality of life is a breath of fresh air and one of the best kept secrets on the East Coast. A waterfront city with a mild climate, Hampton has one of the lowest crime rates in the region. The city has been named one of the most technology-advanced cities in the nation by the Center for Digital Government for 14 of the past 15 years and one of the top 20 hot spots for young professionals to live and work by Next Generation Consulting.
There is also an abundance of things to see and do in Hampton. The city has a vibrant arts community, distinctive festivals, signature events and cultural attractions that include the Fort Monroe National Monument, Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton History Museum, Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, harbor tours, cruises and more!
Hampton’s impressive school division is a region leader in National Board-Certified teachers, and the school’s parent approval rating has been nearly 10% above the national average. The school division prides itself on the individual development of every child with its many progressive programming choices offered to parents and students. Other educational institutions include Hampton University and Thomas Nelson Community College.