Newport News, Virginia Population 2019

178,626

Newport News is an independent city located in the southeastern region of the Virginia peninsula along the shore of the James River. Newport News is the 5th largest city in Virginia and part of the Virginia Beach- Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area which as a combined population of 1.74 million. In 2019, Newport News has an estimated population of 178,626, down slightly from the 2010 census population of 180,900 after a trend of slight growth was reversed.

History

After Jamestown was founded in Virginia in 1607, English settlers began settling surrounding communities near Hampton Roads. Sir Thomas Gates took a nearby American Indian settlement called Kecoughtan in 1610 and settlers began clearing land along James River that included present-day Newport News. By 1619, the Newport News area was part of one of four corporations under the Virginia Company of London.

It was in 1619 that the first written record of Newport News was found in records from the Virginia Company. At the time, it was spelled as everything from Newportes Newes and Newports Newes to Newport-news. The city was named in honor of Captain Christopher Newport, the commander of the Susan Constant and flagship of the English fleet that landed at Jamestown.

Until the American Civil War, Newport News was a rural plantation community. Later, the establishment of a shipyard brought in thousands of workers and the region began to grow. Newport News became one of just a few Virginia cities to be incorporated before it was a town. Throughout the 19th century, what was once a farm trading community grew into a city with the development of new suburbs and industry.

Population Growth

Between 2010 and 2015, Newport News was still growing but very slowly, adding just 1,500 residents over five years. Since then, Newport News and surrounding cities like Norfolk and Hampton have had more people leave than move in. This trend is expected to continue thanks to an aging population, decreasing birth rates, and a slowing economy in Virginia.

Newport News, Virginia's estimated population is 178,626 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Newport News, Virginia is the 5th largest city in Virginia based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 2585.46 people/mi² (998.25 people/km²).

The overall median age is 33.2 years, 31.6 years for males, and 34.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.0 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 77,442 households in the city, with an average size of 2.51 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.9%, with a median rent of $985/month. The median house has 5.3 rooms, and has a value of $189,300.

The median income for households in Newport News, Virginia is $51,082, while the mean household income is $64,565.

Newport News Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Newport News was:

  • White: 49.05%
  • Black or African American: 40.66%
  • Two or more races: 4.85%
  • Asian: 3.20%
  • Other race: 1.79%
  • Native American: 0.26%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.18%

How Many People Live in Newport News, Virginia?

178,626
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018178,626-772-0.43%
2017179,398-781-0.43%
2016180,179-769-0.42%
2015180,948-628-0.35%
2014181,5762560.14%
2013181,3201,2260.68%
2012180,094-4-0.00%
2011180,098-827-0.46%
2010180,9257750.04%
2000180,15010,1050.58%
1990170,04525,1421.61%
1980144,9036,7260.48%
1970138,17724,5151.97%
1960113,66271,30410.37%
195042,3585,2911.34%
194037,0672,6500.74%
193034,417-1,179-0.34%
192035,59615,3915.83%
191020,2055700.29%
190019,63515,18616.01%
18904,4490.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20181,728,7333,8570.22%
20171,724,8762,4570.14%
20161,722,4192,5810.15%
20151,719,8385,7020.33%
20141,714,1369,7500.57%
20131,704,3867,3300.43%
20121,697,05611,1450.66%
20111,685,9116,1160.36%
20101,679,7950.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White88,66949.05%
Black or African American73,50940.66%
Two or More Races8,7644.85%
Asian5,7903.20%
Some Other Race3,2441.79%
American Indian and Alaska Native4690.26%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3300.18%

Newport News Population Pyramid 2019

Newport News Median Age

33.2


Total

31.6


Male

34.8


Female

Newport News Adults

There are 138,582 adults, (21,787 of whom are seniors) in Newport News.

Newport News Age Dependency

54.8

Age Dependency Ratio

18.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Newport News Sex Ratio

Female

93,177

51.54%

Male

87,598

48.46%

Newport News Households and Families

Newport News Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Newport News Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.1%28.9%
All50%50%
Male39.4%60.6%
Non Family38.9%61.1%
Female31.6%68.4%

50.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All68,6652.5150
Married26,4413.2371.1
Non Family26,3801.2638.9
Female12,0443.3731.6
Male3,8003.3939.4

3.16

Average Family Size

2.51

Average Household Size

5.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Newport News Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,8713.34%
9th to 12th Grade8,5887.41%
High School Graduate32,29627.85%
Some College31,15726.87%
Associates Degree11,2899.73%
Bachelors Degree17,72715.29%
Graduate Degree11,0449.52%

Newport News Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White55,78352,22417,757
Black44,84538,9027,930
Hispanic8,2846,7211,325
Asian4,2202,919980
Multiple Races3,2583,047749
Other Race2,0371,738360
Native American35528963
Islander15015045

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 31.83%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,035$41,199$29,436
Less Than High School$20,339$24,457$16,932
High School Grad$28,631$34,149$21,856
Some College$34,185$41,561$28,099
Bachelors Degree$46,343$60,389$39,410
Graduate Degree$55,685$74,718$47,177

$35,035

Average Earnings

$41,199

Average Male

$29,436

Average Female

Newport News Language

Newport News Language by Age

Newport News Language

89.29% of Newport News residents speak only English, while 10.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.27% of the population.

Newport News Poverty

Newport News Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black71,68917,19723.99%
White74,3286,1288.24%
Hispanic14,3473,68125.66%
Multiple8,2381,26515.36%
Asian5,4791,11320.31%
Other2,99144414.84%
Islander2552911.37%
Native406153.69%

16.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.15%

Male Poverty Rate

17.57%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Newport News

The race most likely to be in poverty in Newport News is Hispanic, with 25.66% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Newport News is Native, with 3.69% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.50%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.39%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.08%
High School15.19%
Some College10.11%
Bachelors or Greater4.06%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed32.72%
Male Unemployed30.02%
Female Employed8.60%
Male Employed6.26%

Newport News Income

Newport News Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$51,082$64,565
Families$60,635$75,064
Married Families$79,750$95,362
Non Families$35,591$44,509

Newport News Marital Status

Newport News Marital Status

Marriage Rates

40.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.1%

Male Marriage Rate

38.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Newport News Married by Age and Sex

Newport News Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Newport News Marital Status by Race

Newport News Veterans

19,697

Number of Veterans

16,103

Male Veterans

3,594

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War7,040
Second Gulf War7,039
Vietnam5,384
Korea810
World War II357

Newport News Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White10,27215.22%
Black8,19015.92%
Hispanic1,51417.06%
Other51424.04%
2 or More3678.85%
Asian2074.44%
Indian9926.76%
Hawaiian4830.00%

Newport News Veterans by Education

6.88%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.54%

Veteran Disability Rate

Newport News Employment Status

67.7%

Labor Force Participation

57.3%

Employment Rate

7.5%

Unemployment Rate

Newport News Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

50.34%

Born in Virginia

92.74%

Native Born

7.26%

Foreign Born

3.38%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.74% of Newport News residents were born in the United States, with 50.34% having been born in Virginia. 3.38% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.