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.
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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Newport News was:
Black or African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
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%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
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.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
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%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Newport News
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.