Hampton, VA, is part of the Hampton Roads Metro Area which also includes Norfolk and Virginia Beach. With approximately 145,000 residents, the city is situated on the southeast end of the Virginia Peninsula. Hampton became the home of Langley Air Force Base in 1916 and, along with many other attractions, the area features miles of waterways and oceanfront beach. Hampton has a total area of 134 square miles, and 85 of those square miles are water.
Nearly 140,000 people live in Hampton. There are almost 54,000 households and nearly 36,000 families. About half of the households are married couples, and one-third of the households include kids under 18. The median age of Hampton residents is about 35, while the median family income is about $46,000.
The area in and around Hampton was first explored in 1607 by the expedition that had established Jamestown as a British Colony. After seizing the area, which had been called Kecoughtan by the Native American tribe living there, the colonists built an Anglican church in 1610. By 1680, the area was known as Hampton, and in 1705, it was incorporated as the seat of Elizabeth City County. It became a full-fledged city in 1849.
Langley Air Force Base
Because it is home to Langley Air Force Base (LAFB), Hampton has a rich military history. Also known as Langley Field, LAFB was built in 1916 and was the first U.S. military installation that specialized in air power. Today, it’s a training center for military aviation, research and development. Many Air Force families have settled in Hampton, just as nearby Norfolk is home to many Navy families. Hampton has also been a refuge for many “waiting families” who lived on the Hampton “waiting base” until their loved ones in the Air Force and Navy returned home from deployment. Over time, and especially during the Vietnam War, Hampton became home to large numbers of families whose loved ones were “Missing in Action” or ‘Prisoners of War.” The families settled in Hampton while waiting to find out what had happened to their loved ones.
Hampton, VA, Air Conditioning Service
The Hampton area is a great place for outdoor activities year-round. Summers are hot and muggy, but the evenings are cool. Spring and fall are mild, and winters are warmer than in any other Virginia city. Although the average annual temperature is a comfortable 70 degrees, residents still rely on their HVAC systems to maintain consistent indoor comfort. As a full-service contractor, Kearney & Sons has been a proud provider of heating and air conditioning services in the Hampton Roads community since 1980. Whether it’s emergency air conditioning repair, routine furnace maintenance or a high-efficiency heat pump installation, Kearney & Sons has got you covered.