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City of Hampton land is in high demand by investors, developers and homebuyers looking for good transportation modes, low wages, skilled workforce and diversified economy. Land in Hampton is located in the Coastal region, and its 136.3 square miles includes 84.81 square miles of water. The population is 134,510 residents. Transportation is via US Highways 17, 60 and 258 by land and nearby Newport News/Williamsburg International and Norfolk International airports. The largest employers are government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense. Tourism and outdoor recreation are important contributors to the economy. Beaches along the Chesapeake Bay and the Hampton River are great places for fishermen to wet a line for salt- and freshwater fish. Spot, croaker, flounder, gray trout, speckled trout, bluefish, stripers, red drum and other species are fun to catch and even better to eat. Other attractions include Langley Research Center, Virginia Air and Space Center and Langley Speedway for NASCAR racing. There also are several arts venues and museums including The American Theatre, Casemate Museum, Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center and Hampton History Museum. The Hampton Coliseum serves as a major venue for entertainment acts. Hampton City Schools provides K-12 public education. Hampton University and Thomas Nelson Community College offer higher learning.