Quality of Life

The Benefits of Living & Working in James City County

James City County is the perfect blend of friendly, small-town feel and big-city culture and resources. Each year, millions of visitors come here to enjoy:

  • World-class museums dedicated to fine arts, crafts, maritime history, American history and the natural environment
  • Championship golf
  • Award-winning hotels and dining
  • Incredible shopping
  • Organized sports and tournaments
  • Hiking, biking and water activities


198 holes of golf

OED_0005_C. Nelson - Rural Recreation

8 miles of dedicated biking trails along the Virginia Capital Trail

OED_0004_RW - Thorofare off the Colonial Parkway - Coleman

152 miles of shoreline along the James, York and Chickahominy Rivers


48 miles of trails in 17 parks
covering 1,592 acres of land


3 major historical sites at Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown


Continuing education through the College of W&M, TNCC and more than 12 additional colleges within and hour's drive

You’ll find a full range of housing options, an award-winning local school system, outstanding higher and continuing education opportunities, low crime rate, access to exceptional health care—all the amenities and services of a major metropolitan area, with warm southern charm.

Office of Economic Development
Golf Course
Historic Site
Parks & Trails
Fishing & Watersport


From a large selection of primary care and specialty physicians to top-rated emergency and urgent care facilities, residents and visitors have access to all be best in modern healthcare choices.

  • Sentara Regional Medical Center
  • Riverside Doctors' Hospital
  • TPMG
  • Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
  • Research/medical Richmond & Norfolk


Discover top-notch education at all levels:

  • Williamsburg-James City County Schools is one of only 13 state school divisions that earned full accreditation in 2019. WJCC Schools have been fully accredited for the last 12 years.
  • Home to the Historic Triangle Campus of Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Easy access to the College of William & Mary, one of the nation's top universities

Recreation & Tourism

Explore James City County's many recreational opportunities enjoyed by residents and visitors:

  • Attractions
  • Dining & Shopping
  • Golf Courses
  • Historic Sites & Museums
  • Parks & Trails
  • Accommodations