Quality of Life

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Discover the City of Franklin and Southampton County, a thriving locale with major transport links, connections to the Paul D. Camp Community College, and commercial-zoned real estate.

Enjoy small-town camaraderie, where everyone knows your name, and relish the convenience of local amenities. Franklin Southampton boasts an accredited community college, a 220-bed hospital, a country club, the Franklin YMCA, and numerous museums amidst a population of 26,000. The charm and rich history contribute to an exceptional quality of life, making it a top choice for both living and retirement.

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The City of Franklin’s public school system nurtures about 1,000 students across S.P. Morton Elementary, J.P. King Jr. Middle, and Franklin High School. Southampton County expands its educational reach with a public school system that includes four elementary schools, a middle and high school complex, and a Technical Career Center. Private alternatives, Southampton Academy and the Rock Church of Franklin, offer Pre-K to 12th grade instruction.

Higher education is available at Paul D. Camp Community College, with campuses in Franklin, Suffolk, and a Center in Smithfield. The college provides diverse learning opportunities, from Associate Degrees and career studies certificates to workforce training and community classes.

The region connects students to the educational wealth of the Greater Hampton Roads area. This region is home to a large educational network, including eight traditional colleges and universities, four community colleges, and over 20 for-profit institutions. Every year, around 96,000 students further their education in Hampton Roads, and approximately 14,000 new graduates join the job market. Among the renowned institutions are the globally recognized College of William & Mary and Old Dominion University, known for its acclaimed College of Engineering and Technology and its pioneering Ph.D. program in Modeling & Simulation.

The City of Franklin’s public school system

Healthcare is a cornerstone of the Franklin City and Southampton County communities, offering state-of-the-art facilities and a diverse range of services. At the heart of this healthcare hub is Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, providing 24-hour emergency care, maternity services, and more across 18 medical specialties. Additionally, Southampton County houses a community medical center in the Town of Ivor, supplementing the strong healthcare infrastructure.

For those seeking retirement and assisted living options, The Village at Woods Edge in Franklin City offers a complete suite of services. From independent, maintenance-free living in apartments and cottages to additional support in the Assisted Living area, The Village caters to every senior lifestyle. Asa’s Neighborhood, the Memory Care Neighborhood, delivers valuable programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other conditions, ensuring a comfortable and homely environment.

Discover the joy of living in The City of Franklin and Southampton County – truly a place to call home. From historic Victorian homes to contemporary suburban neighborhoods and generous farmland, there’s a place to call home for all lifestyles. With lower living costs compared to Hampton Roads and the national average, your perfect home in our charming communities won’t break the bank.

Please refer to the table below for a comprehensive breakdown of taxes within Franklin Southampton.

City Of Franklin Tax Rates Southampton County Tax Rates
Real Estate
Nominal tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation – $1.03
Assessment ratio (percent of fair market value taxable) – 100%
Real Estate
Nominal tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation – $0.89
Assessment ratio (percent of fair market value taxable) – 100%
Machinery & Tools Tax
Nominal tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation – $2.00
Value used for tax purposes – 30% of Original Cost
Machinery & Tools Tax
Nominal tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation – $2.40
Value used for tax purposes – Original Cost
Assessment ratio (in years)
Year 1 80% and reduces by 10% annually. (not 10% of 80%)
Automobiles & Trucks (Less Than 2 Tons)
Nominal tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation – $4.50
Value used for tax purposes – Average Trade-In
Assessment Ratio – 100%
Automobiles & Trucks (Less Than 2 Tons)
Nominal tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation – $4.60
Value used for tax purposes – Average Loan
Assessment Ratio – 100%
Electric Utility Tax
$2.00 + $0.015/kWh on first 3,700 kWh
$0.0055/kWh on excess ($165 max)
Tax rate is for monthly bills.
Electric Utility Tax
$2.29 + $0.015199/kWh on first 3,219 kWh
$0.00365/kWh on excess ($1,500 max)
Tax rate is for monthly bills.
Water Utility Tax
16.5% on first 1,000 ($165 max)
Tax rate is for monthly bills.

Electric

The City of Franklin and Southampton County are primarily serviced by two major electric providers: Dominion Virginia Power and Franklin Municipal Power & Light. Some rural sections of Southampton County operate through smaller community electric cooperatives.

  • Dominion Virginia Power is one of the nation’s largest electric providers and is headquartered in Virginia.
  • Franklin Municipal Power & Light provides service to the City of Franklin and parts of the City of Suffolk, Southampton, and Isle of Wight Counties.
  • Community Electric Cooperative serves over 3,000 rural customers throughout Southampton County.
  • Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative serves customers in the western part of Southampton County.

Natural Gas

Columbia Gas of Virginia provides natural gas to the Southampton Business Park and the Southampton Commerce and Logistics Center. XNG is a “virtual pipeline” that provides trucked natural gas solutions to locations where the pipeline does not provide gas service.

Water & Sewer

Both the City of Franklin and Southampton County provide water and sewer services to commercial, residential, and industrial areas. Southampton County has a $30 million water reclamation facility with a capacity of 1.25 million gallons per day. Substantial capacity remains in that facility.

Telecommunications

Superior telecom infrastructure throughout Hampton Roads includes 11 completely independent networks supported by over 650,000 miles of fiber optics. Wired options are provided through internet, cable, and Verizon. Verizon and T-Mobile have cellular stores in Franklin, while AT&T and Spectrum have stores in nearby Suffolk.

Charter/Spectrum provides internet service to much of Franklin Southampton and is working to complete the build-out of the broadband network in rural Southampton County. Work is anticipated to be completed on this network in 2024.