Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce

108 West Third Avenue Franklin, VA 23851 

Phone: (757) 562-4900   Email

Community Data

  Southampton County Franklin
Population 17,482 8,346
Median Age 38.6 40
Median Household Income $33,995.00 $27,348.00

Land Area (sq. miles)

Southampton County - 600

City of Franklin - 8


The Franklin-Southampton Community is situated in the Mid-Coastal Plain in Southeast Virginia, just east of the Hampton Roads area. Richmond is 75 miles northwest while Norfolk is 45 miles to the east. The terrain is relatively flat with elevations from 18 – 100 feet above sea level.


I-95, a major north-south East Coast route, is located just west of the Southampton County line. US Route 460 & US Route 58, two major east-west routes, connect the area with the greater Hampton Roads region to the east and I-95 and I-85 to the west. Route 258 connects the area with US 17 to the norgh and the North Carolina state line to the south.


CSX and Norfolk Southern provide commercial rail service in the region connecting our area to all major national markets.


The largest natural deepwater harbor in the world, the international Port of Hampton Roads, is only minutes away in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Newport News. The Virginia Port Authority is the states’ leading agency for international transportation and maritime commerce.


Franklin’s Municipal Airport is a favorite stop on the north-south corridor for corporate and passenger planes. Norfolk International Airport is served by 7 major airlines while Newport News/Williamsburg Internal Airport has over 50 flights daily.


Average annual temperature 57.7

Average rainfall 43.0

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