Newport News, Virginia Population 2023

181,958

Newport News is a city located in Newport News City Virginia. Newport News has a 2023 population of 181,958. Newport News is currently declining at a rate of -0.71% annually and its population has decreased by -2.13% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 185,916 in 2020.

The average household income in Newport News is $75,634 with a poverty rate of 15.77%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Newport News is 33.9 years, 32.2 years for males, and 35.9 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 News was:

  • White: 45.45%
  • Black or African American: 41%
  • Two or more races: 7.24%
  • Asian: 3.44%
  • Other race: 2.48%
  • Native American: 0.25%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.13%
Land Area (mi²)
69.0 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,637.40/sq mi
Growth Rate
-0.71% (-1,310)
Growth Since 2020
-2.13% (-3,958)
The current population of Newport News, Virginia is 181,958 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 185,916.

Newport News, Virginia Population 2023

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White84,12045.45%
Black or African American75,87741%
Two or more races13,4087.24%
Asian6,3713.44%
Other race4,5872.48%
Native American4640.25%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander2420.13%
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Newport News Population by Race

Newport News Population Pyramid 2023

Newport News Median Age

33.9

Total

32.2

Male

35.9

Female

Newport News Adults

There are 141,767 adults, (23,956 of whom are seniors) in Newport News.

Newport News Age Dependency

57.1

Age Dependency Ratio

20.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Newport News Sex Ratio

Female95,35851.53%
Male89,71148.47%

Newport News Population by Age

Newport News Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All74,9222.3647.552.5
Non Family30,8491.2136.663.4
Married27,2293.1469.630.4
Female13,1723.2429.470.6
Male3,6723.054060
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3.06

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

47.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Newport News Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Newport News Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Newport News Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 89.64%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 47.67%.

Newport News Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$41,167

Average Earnings

$48,800

Average Male

$33,726

Average Female

Newport News Earnings by Educational Attainment

Newport News Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Newport News Language

89.19% of Newport News residents speak only English, while 10.81% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.86% of the population.

Newport News Language

Newport News Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black73,82315,82421.44%
White71,8846,7629.41%
Hispanic16,7263,15918.89%
Multiple12,8361,77913.86%
Other4,5551,30028.54%
Asian6,00372612.09%
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15.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.88%

Male Poverty Rate

17.47%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Newport News

The race most likely to be in poverty in Newport News is Other, with 28.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Newport News is White, with 9.41% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.75%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.58%.

Newport News Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade31.11%
High School16.19%
Some College11.7%
Bachelors or Greater5.71%
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Newport News Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed39.02%
Male Unemployed25.85%
Female Employed9.15%
Male Employed4.44%
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Newport News Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Newport News Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Newport News Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

40.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.0%

Male Marriage Rate

38.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Newport News Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Newport News Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

19,771

Number of Veterans

16,151

Male Veterans

3,620

Female Veterans

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Newport News Veterans by War

count

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Newport News Veterans by Age

count

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Newport News Veterans by Race

Newport News Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

9.36%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.03%

Veteran Disability Rate

Newport News Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.6%

Labor Force Participation

57.7%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

Newport News Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Newport News Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Newport News Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

52.26%

Born in Newport News

96.58%

Native Born

8.14%

Foreign Born

3.72%

Non Citizen

4.42%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.58% of Newport News residents were born in the United States, with 52.26% having been born in Virginia. 3.72% 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: data after 2021 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
18904,449-169,8432.67%
190019,63515,18616.01%
191020,2055700.29%
192035,59615,3915.83%
193034,417-1,179-0.34%
194037,0672,6500.74%
195042,3585,2911.34%
1960113,66271,30410.37%
1970138,17724,5151.97%
1980144,9036,7260.48%
1990170,04525,1421.61%
2000180,15010,1050.58%
2010180,719
2011181,2725530.31%
2012181,8255530.31%
2013182,3785530.3%
2014182,9315530.3%
2015183,4845530.3%
2016184,0375530.3%
2017184,5905530.3%
2018185,1435530.3%
2019185,6965530.3%
2020185,9162200.12%
2021184,587-1,329-0.71%
2022183,268-1,319-0.71%
2023181,958-1,310-0.71%
2024180,657-1,301-0.72%
2025179,366-1,291-0.71%
2026178,084-1,282-0.71%
2027176,811-1,273-0.71%
2028175,547-1,264-0.71%
2029174,292-1,255-0.71%
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Newport News Population by Year