Overview

Greater Williamsburg, consisting of the City of Williamsburg and the counties of James City and York, exudes unique character in an historic, attractive, and business-friendly environment. The area’s civilian labor force numbers nearly 153,000, while access to major metropolitan areas in Hampton Roads and Richmond expands the workforce to 1.3 million within commuting distance.

The regional economy is largely supported by tourism and education, while several clusters poised for growth have enhanced traditional industry strengths, including advanced manufacturing, data analysis, and food and beverage.

With close proximity to Hampton Roads’ military cluster, the Greater Williamsburg region is also uniquely positioned to welcome businesses that contract with or support the military and government.

Home to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens, voted the world's “Most Beautiful Theme Park” for 14 consecutive years, the region is a well-known vacation destination that caters to 6-8 million annual visitors.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world's-largest living history museum on 301 acres, and the renowned College of William and Mary, the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, educates approximately 8,600 students annually who provide creativity, energy, and intelligence to the vibrant region.

Download regional profile

Location

Bordering Virginia’s Hampton Roads region, Greater Williamsburg is midway between Richmond and Norfolk on the I-64/U.S. Route 60 corridor. The region is well-connected by road to the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region, and to the rest of the nation and world by land, air, rail, and sea.

Greater Williamsburg

 

  • Adjacent to I-64 and U.S. Route 60, Greater Williamsburg easily connects with Richmond and Norfolk.
  • Nearby I-95 and I-85 connect the region to major metro markets.
  • Freight rail service is provided by CSX Transportation, offering a wide range of reliable and efficient shipping options.
  • Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak, with trains departing from Williamsburg.
  • The Port of Virginia, offering the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast, is located 37 miles southeast.
  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport provides commercial air service, offering flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, and Philadelphia.

For a broader range of destinations, Norfolk International Airport and Richmond International Airport are easily accessed via I-64.

Livability

With a temperate climate, low crime rate, top-rated public-school system, access to reliable health care, and moderate cost of living – all within a semi-rural environment – the Greater Williamsburg region offers its residents exceptional quality of life at an affordable cost. With its host of attractions and amenities, outdoor recreation, restaurants, night life, and abundant housing, Greater Williamsburg is an ideal place to work and live. 

The region is known as America’s Historic Triangle and boasts three living-history museums: Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, and Yorktown Victory Center. Jamestown, the site of the first permanent English settlement in 1607, offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of early settlers, while Yorktown highlights the sights and sounds of the Revolutionary War and celebrates the British surrender.

In addition are two national park sites: Historic Jamestown and Yorktown National Battlefield. All these attractions are easily accessed within the Historic Triangle and are linked by scenic Colonial Parkway. 

Colonial Parkway

Colonial Parkway

The restored historic area of Williamsburg offers shoppers a rare blend of antique, specialty, and craft shops combined with entertainment activities in an 18th-century setting. Other historic attractions include Bacon's Castle, Berkeley Plantation, Shirley Plantation, and Westover Plantation.

Exploring the outdoors is another a great way to experience the Greater Williamsburg region. Whether on foot, by bike, or by kayak, possibilities for outdoor exploration are plentiful. The York, James, and Chickahominy Rivers all offer a range of water-related activities, and scenic trails and historic paths abound in the region. Residents and visitors can take in the sights of Colonial Williamsburg on a run down Duke of Gloucester Street, or enjoy the rich scenery by bike on the 23-mile Colonial Parkway. 

We want to thank the Commonwealth of Virginia and James City County’s economic development team for their assistance. Their combined support and our positive experience in Virginia will help us keep our Toano plant one of O-I’s more cost-efficient facilities.

Charles Cochrane Manager, James City County Plant, Owens-Illinois, Inc.