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Information about Hampton, Virginia
Hampton is home to approximately 137,000 residents, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. In downtown Hampton, visitors and residents can enjoy the cool bay breeze as they navigate the many restaurants, shops, pubs, galleries and museums. The air and space museum, as well as a restored antique carousel, waterfront park and Art Market, are big attractions.
Hampton enjoys all four seasons, with the coldest temperatures - generally in the 30s - occurring in December and January and the warmest temperatures occurring in July. Hampton's landscapes and architecture have a unique charm that draws visitors and new residents year round.
Education in Hampton
Thomas Nelson Community College is the largest school in Hampton, with a student population of nearly 10,400 as of Fall 2014. This 2-year public community college confers certificates and associate's degrees in dozens of fields, ranging from information technology and accounting to dental hygiene and fire science technology.
Also in Hampton, Hampton University offers undergraduate and graduate certificates and degrees. In Fall 2014, this 4-year private not-for-profit school enrolled 4,400 students, including about 3,500 undergraduates. The private not-for-profit Bethel College, also a 4-year school, had just 57 students in Fall 2014. Bethel offers diploma, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs in church ministries.
Economy of Hampton
The public schools employ many residents, as do the local government and hospitals. Top employers include the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton University, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Thomas Nelson Community College and Howmet Casting & Service Inc.