Newport News, Virginia Population 2021

180,629
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Newport News is a city located in Virginia. With a 2020 population of 180,629, it is the 5th largest city in Virginia (after Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Richmond) and the 144th largest city in the United States. Newport News is currently growing at a rate of 0.39% annually but its population has decreased by -0.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 180,719 in 2010. Newport News reached it's highest population of 181,522 in 2014. Spanning over 120 miles, Newport News has a population density of 2,618 people per square mile.

The average household income in Newport News is $68,792 with a poverty rate of 15.33%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,057 per month, and the median house value is $194,000. The median age in Newport News is 33.5 years, 31.7 years for males, and 35.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.6 males.

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: 47.94%
  • Black or African American: 41.07%
  • Two or more races: 5.17%
  • Asian: 3.21%
  • Other race: 2.16%
  • Native American: 0.26%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.20%
The current population of Newport News, Virginia is 180,629, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 178,523.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 180,719.

Newport News, Virginia Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20211,779,2805,1900.29%
20201,774,0905,1900.29%
20191,768,9005,1900.29%
20181,763,7102,7800.16%
20171,760,9302,1700.12%
20161,758,7602,4200.14%
20151,756,3405,4000.31%
20141,750,9409,5700.55%
20131,741,3707,2500.42%
20121,734,12010,9100.63%
20111,723,2106,1700.36%
20101,717,0400.00%

Newport News Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White86,13247.94%
Black or African American73,78541.07%
Two or More Races9,2815.17%
Asian5,7733.21%
Some Other Race3,8802.16%
American Indian and Alaska Native4600.26%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3620.20%
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Newport News Population by Race

Newport News Population Pyramid 2021

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Newport News Median Age

33.5


Total

31.7


Male

35.3


Female

Newport News Adults

There are 137,970 adults, (22,744 of whom are seniors) in Newport News.

Newport News Age Dependency

55.9

Age Dependency Ratio

19.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Newport News Sex Ratio

Female

92,813

51.66%

Male

86,860

48.34%

Newport News Population by Age

Newport News Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Newport News Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.1%29.9%
All48.9%51.1%
Non Family38.5%61.5%
Male38.2%61.8%
Female30.8%69.2%

48.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Newport News Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All69,8352.4448.9
Non Family27,6321.2538.5
Married26,1373.2170.1
Female12,3543.2930.8
Male3,7123.0938.2

3.12

Average Family Size

2.44

Average Household Size

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Newport News Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,4132.93%
9th to 12th Grade7,0856.08%
High School Graduate33,14228.46%
Some College29,86825.65%
Associates Degree12,33910.60%
Bachelors Degree19,25016.53%
Graduate Degree11,3469.74%
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Newport News Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Newport News Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White54,55351,70418,078
Black46,08741,1268,725
Hispanic8,5746,8161,285
Asian4,3053,3801,446
Multiple Races3,3283,232870
Other Race2,4922,038487
Native American366340123
Islander246246116

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 47.15%.

Newport News Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,526$43,888$31,521
Less Than High School$26,394$30,143$16,684
High School Grad$31,573$37,494$23,732
Some College$36,041$44,718$30,605
Bachelors Degree$46,699$59,722$40,344
Graduate Degree$59,856$75,896$51,307

$37,526

Average Earnings

$43,888

Average Male

$31,521

Average Female

Newport News Earnings by Educational Attainment

Newport News Language by Age

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Newport News Language

89.34% of Newport News residents speak only English, while 10.66% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.52% of the population.

Newport News Language

Newport News Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black71,80515,25021.24%
White71,5996,5549.15%
Hispanic14,9823,09520.66%
Multiple8,9061,08112.14%
Asian5,6011,04218.60%
Other3,75158415.57%

15.33%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.09%

Male Poverty Rate

16.42%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Newport News

The race most likely to be in poverty in Newport News is Black, with 21.24% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Newport News is White, with 9.15% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.75%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.33%.

Newport News Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.96%
High School15.29%
Some College10.43%
Bachelors or Greater5.44%

Newport News Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed27.76%
Male Unemployed25.27%
Female Employed8.71%
Male Employed5.05%

Newport News Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Newport News Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,215$68,792
Families$64,874$81,822
Married Families$86,206$104,229
Non Families$35,642$45,494
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Income by Household Type

Newport News Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.4%

Male Marriage Rate

37.7%

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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19,513

Number of Veterans

15,882

Male Veterans

3,631

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War7,552
First Gulf War6,604
Vietnam5,059
Korea646
World War II225

Newport News Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 546,232
55 to 644,641
18 to 343,539
65 to 742,932
75+2,169

Newport News Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9,79715.00%
Black8,47516.25%
Hispanic1,26713.79%
2 or More54613.10%
Other41916.20%
Asian1793.87%
Indian6516.88%
Hawaiian3213.01%

Newport News Veterans by Race

Newport News Veterans by Education

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7.73%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.19%

Veteran Disability Rate

Newport News Veterans by Education

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67.1%

Labor Force Participation

57.4%

Employment Rate

6.2%

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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50.05%

Born in Virginia

92.51%

Native Born

7.49%

Foreign Born

3.62%

Non Citizen

3.87%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.51% of Newport News residents were born in the United States, with 50.05% having been born in Virginia. 3.62% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021180,6297020.39%
2020179,9277020.39%
2019179,2257020.39%
2018178,523-924-0.51%
2017179,447-762-0.42%
2016180,209-749-0.41%
2015180,958-564-0.31%
2014181,5222470.14%
2013181,2751,2190.68%
2012180,056-22-0.01%
2011180,078-810-0.45%
2010180,8887380.04%
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%

Newport News Population by Year