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Formed in 1652, Surry County is one of Virginia's earliest counties. Strategically located in southeastern Virginia, Surry is 10 miles south of Williamsburg, 50 miles southeast of Richmond and 40 miles northwest of Norfolk. The county covers 306 square miles of gently rolling to level land 100 to 200 feet above sea level. Surry is an ideal location for contractor facilities due to its close proximity to major military, naval and research centers.



U.S. Highway 460 crosses the southern boundary of the county, providing four-lane access to Richmond and the Hampton Roads area. State primary routes 10, 31 and 40 connect to Interstates 95, 85 and 295. AIR - Newport News/Williamsburg International (20 miles northwest), Richmond International (40 miles northwest) and Norfolk International (40 miles east) offer major commercial service. PORTS - Located on the James River, Surry's 25 miles of navigable riverfront links businesses directly to the Ports of Hampton Roads and Richmond.


 Local Economy

The county"s major enterprises are directly tied to natural resources. These include agribusiness, forestry products, quarrying, and natural water bottling.


Labor Analysis

 An estimated labor force of over 150,000 persons resides within a 40-mile radius. Surry County has a civilian labor force of 2,174 and an unemployment rate of 5.2% (December, 2001). Virginia is a right-to- work state.


 Employment by Sector (2001, 2nd Qtr.)

Agriculture 1.6%
Construction 4.3%
Manufacturing 6.7%
Transportation 47.7%
Trade 6.8%
F.I.R.E. 0.9%
Services 6.2%
Government 25.9%


Major Employers

Firm Product/Service
Dominion Electricity
The Surrey House Restaurant
S. Wallace Edwards & Sons Hams
Seward Lumber Company Lumber
Dollar General Retail
Spring Grove Transport


Windsor Mill Moulding



The next meeting of the Surry County Economic Development Authority is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The meeting will take place at 7:00pm in the General District Courtroom of the Surry County Government Center located at 45 School Street.



To view the Economic Development Outlook Presentation, September 27, 2017 Chamber of Commerce Presentation, click here. 

To download the County's Community Profile, click here.

To access the Surry County Regional Retail Analysis, click here.

To access the Surry Community Profile prepared by the Virginia Employment Commission, Economic Information Services Division with Labor Market Information, click here.

For information about the Surry County Resource and Employment Center, click here.

A copy of the Surry County Comprehensive Plan can be accessed by the following two links.  (The document appears in two parts due to the large file size.)
Part A
Part B


VTC Tourism Exercise



Tyrone Franklin
County Administrator
45 School Street
P.O. Box 65
Surry, VA 23883
Phone:  (757) 294-5271