Newport News, Virginia Population 2022

187,353
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Newport News is a city located in Virginia. With a 2020 population of 187,353, it is the 6th largest city in Virginia and the 143rd largest city in the United States. Newport News is currently growing at a rate of 0.30% annually and its population has increased by 0.59% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 186,247 in 2020. Spanning over 120 miles, Newport News has a population density of 2,716 people per square mile.

The average household income in Newport News is $68,792 with a poverty rate of 14.83%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,075 per month, and the median house value is $194,700. The median age in Newport News is 33.5 years, 31.7 years for males, and 35.3 years for females.

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.

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.

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.

Newport News Demographics

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

  • White: 46.62%
  • Black or African American: 40.93%
  • Two or more races: 6.67%
  • Asian: 3.22%
  • Other race: 2.14%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.14%
The current population of Newport News, Virginia is 187,353 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 186,247.

Newport News, Virginia Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Newport News Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Newport News Population by Race

Newport News Population Pyramid 2022

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Newport News Median Age

33.8


Total

31.9


Male

35.6


Female

Newport News Adults

There are 137,914 adults, (23,236 of whom are seniors) in Newport News.

Newport News Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

20.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Newport News Sex Ratio

Female

92,750

51.65%

Male

86,832

48.35%

Newport News Population by Age

Newport News Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Newport News Household Types

48.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Newport News Households and Families

3.09

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

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Newport News Households by Type

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Newport News Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Newport News Educational Attainment by Race

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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 islander people with a rate of 59.14%.

Newport News Educational Attainment by Race

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$39,583

Average Earnings

$46,372

Average Male

$32,026

Average Female

Newport News Earnings by Educational Attainment

Newport News Language by Age

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Newport News Language

89.82% of Newport News residents speak only English, while 10.18% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.34% of the population.

Newport News Language

Newport News Poverty by Race

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14.83%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.16%

Male Poverty Rate

16.31%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Newport News

The race most likely to be in poverty in Newport News is Hispanic, with 20.69% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.35%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.83%.

Newport News Poverty

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Newport News Poverty Rate by Education

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Newport News Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Newport News Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Newport News Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.8%

Male Marriage Rate

37.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Newport News Married by Age and Sex

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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 45-54.

Newport News Marital Status by Race

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Newport News Marital Status

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19,585

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Newport News Veterans by War

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Newport News Veterans by Age

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Newport News Veterans by Race

Newport News Veterans by Education

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9.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

19.94%

Veteran Disability Rate

Newport News Veterans by Education

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67.7%

Labor Force Participation

57.7%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

Newport News Employment by Age

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Newport News Employment by Race

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Newport News Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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49.38%

Born in Newport News

92.54%

Native Born

7.46%

Foreign Born

3.51%

Non Citizen

3.95%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.54% of Newport News residents were born in the United States, with 49.38% having been born in Virginia. 3.51% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Newport News Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Newport News Population by Year