Magazine shows how we rate, Sept. 23, 2005

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2005

The latest issue of Virginia Buisness arrived in Friday's mail and anyone interested in trivial, demographic information about Suffolk and Hampton Roads should find a copy.

Billed as the "2005 Hampton Roads Statistic Digest," (With Mr. Peanut joining various other scenes from around the region on the cover) the issue has just about everything you would want to know about this subject.

Did you know, for instance, that Suffolk:

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Available retail space in Suffolk has a vacancy rate of just 5.81 percent, trailing only Chesapeake (by a whisker) and Williamsburg.

There is no class A office space, whatever that is, available in Suffolk and the vacancy rate on class B office space is 17.3 percent

There is more than 9.2 million leasable square feet of industrial space in the city, trailing only Copeland Industrial Park/Lower Peninsula and Norfolk Industrial Park. Just 568.506 square feet of that space is vacant, a vacancy rate of 6.13 percent.

Median household income in Suffolk is $43,875, meaning wer're poorer than those in Chesapeake ($52,336), Gloucester County ($46,247), Isle of Wight County ($47,692), James City County ($59,483), Poquoson ($66,985) and York County ($62,965); but were better off than those in Surry County ($37,603), Newport News ($37,323) Norfolk ($30,648) and Portsmouth ($33,354).

The largest single population segment in Suffolk is those between the ages of 35-44 (16 percent of us, though some like me will be graduating to the next segment in about

a year).

Suffolk has 1,338 employers and 22,686 jobs with an average weekly rage of $606.

Semi-interesting, I think, and there's tons more of stuff like that.