Community Profiles: Franklin & Southampton County
Best of Both Worlds: Engaging Lifestyle & Business Location
he City of Franklin and Southampton County are both family-oriented communities located in the western Hampton Roads Region. Franklin is home to approximately 8,600 residents and Southampton Countyâ€™s population is 18,600. Both communities are 40 miles west of Norfolk and can be accessed via State Route 58 or State Route 460. Both are ideal locations with their small town lifestyle, close proximity to the Hampton Roads Region, and excellent business opportunities.
QUALITY COMMUNITY LIFESTYLE
Size2 Franklin: 8.75 sq. miles Southampton: 600 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) Franklin: 8,582 Southampton: 18,570 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) Franklin: $32,060 Southampton: $47,285 Government Franklin: City Council/City Manager Southampton: Board of Supervisors/ County Administrator Major Industries Southampton Memorial Hospital; ITGNarricot Industries; Ashland- Hercules; Enviva; Virginia Dominion Power; Bronco Federal Credit Union City/County Information Franklin: (757) 562-8504 Southampton: (757) 653-3015 School Information Franklin: (757) 569-8111 Southampton: (757) 653-2692 18 â€˘ Coastal Virginia 2013-14
The City of Franklin and Southampton County communities are home to unique shopping and recreational amenities. Both have fully developed business and commerce parks, advanced telecommunication systems, and a strategic location offering residents and industry access to markets via State Routes 58 and 460, both of which connect to major interstates I-64, I-95, and I-85. Outstanding healthcare is provided by Southampton Memorial Hospital, a modern 220 bed advanced health care facility. Franklin and Southampton both maintain excellent secondary education programs, small teacher-student ratios and state accreditations. Southampton Academy and the Rock Church School, both private K-12 programs, offer additional secondary education opportunities. Paul D. Camp Community College is located in Franklin offering many two year associate degrees, technical pro-grams and workforce development training. In addition,
12 other colleges and universities serve the region. Residents enjoy abundant outdoor recreation activities with parks, ponds and rivers for fishing, canoeing and kayaking; hunt clubs, campgrounds, horseback riding and trails for nature walks. Both communities share a full service YMCA, and the Cypress Cove Country Club, with its 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool. The community is served by the Blackwater Public Library System, the Rawls Museum Arts Center, and Franklin maintains a municipal airport which accommodates corporate aircraft.
COASTAL VIRGINIA Living in Hampton Roads 2013-14 edition