Lifestyle and Facts


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 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.

Facts and Information

Locality Profile

Total Population (2016)

5,848 Males
6,291 Females
12,139 Total

Per Capita Income (2010) - $23,473

Median Household Income (2009)- $33,635

Unemployment Rate (2017) - 5.2%

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

Ballard Fish & Oyster Company

New Ravenna, Inc.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Authority

Food Lion

Heritage Hall

Therapeutic Interventions

Eastern Shore Rural Health

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

Shore Christian Academy

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"