If working in a small town with a friendly southern atmosphere appeals to you, then Gloucester, Virginia may be perfect for you. Townsfolk still shop on Main Street, care for their neighbors, and show pride in their community. Gloucester borders the York River and the lower Chesapeake Bay, making water recreation a favorite activity of locals and visitors alike.
Things to do
There is something for everyone in Gloucester.
- One of the most anticipated events is the annual Garden Club of Virginia Daffodil Festival held the end of March. Nicknamed the "Daffodil Capital of the World," Gloucester County attracts people from afar to its annual daffodil parade and flower show.
- Local residents step back in time during the annual Black Powder and Paint Festival, a living history event celebrating Gloucester’s colonial past. The festival is held Columbus Day weekend at historic Court Circle Green.
- Boating and fishing are popular pastimes with access to both saltwater and fresh water fishing.
- Explore Gloucester’s colonial and pre-revolutionary history and culture at area museums and exhibits.
- Go antiquing at the town’s charming antique shops.
- Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding at Beaverdam Park.
- Eat Virginia peanuts. They’re grown on nearby farms, processed in Gloucester, and shipped around the world.
- Buy milk in glass bottles at a 1904 country store.
Gloucester has a temperate climate.
- Average winter temperature: 47 degrees
- Average summer temperature: 87 degrees
- Annual average rainfall: 47 inches
- Annual average snowfall: 6.0 inches
At a glance
- Average drive time to work: 34 minutes
- Population (2010): 36,858
- Median age (2010): 42.6 years
- Median family income (2010): $58,359
- Housing units (2010): 15,852
- Primary industries: Agriculture, seafood, retail
- Traveling from Norfolk and Virginia Beach, take 64 Westbound. Just after entering Newport News, take Rt. 17 North exit and continue over the Coleman Bridge into Gloucester County ($2.00 toll, Northbound lane only). About 10 miles past the bridge, turn right onto Rt. 17 North Business and continue on Main Street.
- From Richmond, take Interstate 64 East and then take the West Point Exit. Go through West Point and turn right on Route 14. Take Route 17 South and turn left on Route 17 Business (Main Street).
- From Washington, D.C., take Interstate 95 southbound. At Fredericksburg, take Route 17 South until you arrive in Gloucester County. Turn left on Route 17 Business (Main Street).
Commercial airlines provide service from Norfolk International Airport, Richmond International Airport, and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.
- 49 miles north of Norfolk
- 58 miles east of Richmond
- 146 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.
- 269 miles south of Philadelphia
- Elementary 16:1
- Secondary 19:1
6 elementary schools
2 middle schools
1 high school
Gloucester County Information, http://www.gloucesterva.info/
Virginia is for Lovers, http://www.virginia.org/cities/Gloucester/
Chamber of Commerce, http://gloucestervachamber.org/
Chesapeake Bay Association of Realtors, http://www.chesapeakebayrealtors.org/