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Poquoson is a short hop from Hampton, Newport News and elsewhere in Hampton Roads, making it a rather secluded bedroom community.

The word "poquoson" is used to describe a boundary line between two higher tracts of land. The boundary area contained a stream, river, or creek with an adjoining marsh that abuts higher ground.

Watermen plied the waters of Chesapeake Bay from ports and landings in Poquoson for generations, but that lifestyle is dying out. The city, which incorporated in 1975 but traces its roots to the 17th century, is a wealthy enclave that has a median household income of $84,315, the highest on the Virginia Peninsula.

The average assessed value of a home in Poquoson is $356,450, according to figures from Poquoson Assessor Buddy Faison. The median assessed value — half the homes are assessed higher, half lower — is $315,900. Many residents work at Langley Air Force Base or other military installations, the shipyard in Newport News and the NASA Langley Research Center.

City Council has made bringing businesses to the city a priority. A rebuilt marina with a Surf Rider restaurant and boat slips at Whitehouse Cove are new to Poquoson, and numerous small businesses have opened in the past year.

Poquoson

Population: 12,500

Area: 14.7 square miles

Incorporated: 1975

Median age: 43.5

Landmarks: Messick Point, Plum Tree Island Wildlife Refuge, Cow Island

Mayor: W. Eugene Hunt, Jr., 868-7628

http://www.poquoson-va .gov

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