Living in Williamsburg

"A small town with a lot of the benefits of a large city." - EVMS faculty member


Though it is best known as an world-class tourist destination, Williamsburg - and neighboring Yorktown and Jamestown - offer up plenty of reasons for potential residents to call the Historic Triangle home. Tourism is the main economic driver in this region, but the presence of William & Mary also makes modern Williamsburg a college town. Combined, these industry sectors uniquely position the area to offer its residents an abundance of employment opportunities and a wealth of dining, shopping, entertainment, cultural and recreational amenities.

The area features of plethora of historical points of interest, with Colonial Williamsburg serving as the cornerstone. Williamsburg's up-and-coming arts district adds to the vitality of the city, boasting more than 50 museums, galleries and performing-arts venues. Opportunities for family-friendly fun abound in the surrounding Historic Triangle, where residents and visitors enjoy a host of theme parks and attractions, golf courses, resorts and outdoor activities.

The 2012 National Citizen Survey reported that 92% of Williamsburg residents rated the city as a "good or excellent place to live," and 87% rated overall quality of life here as "good or excellent."

Williamsburg is centrally located halfway between Norfolk and Richmond, just off Interstate 64 and Route 199. The drive time to EVMS' medical campus in downtown Norfolk is approximately 45 minutes.