Portsmouth, Virginia Population 2020

93,830

Portsmouth is a city located in Virginia. With a 2020 population of 93,830, it is the 9th largest city in Virginia and the 355th largest city in the United States. Portsmouth is currently declining at a rate of -0.43% annually and its population has decreased by -1.78% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 95,535 in 2010. Portsmouth reached it's highest population of 114,773 in 1960. Spanning over 47 miles, Portsmouth has a population density of 2,818 people per square mile.

The average household income in Portsmouth is $61,052 with a poverty rate of 17.15%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,027 per month, and the median house value is $171,800. The median age in Portsmouth is 35.2 years, 33.1 years for males, and 37 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.0 males.

Portsmouth Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 52.66%
  • White: 40.16%
  • Two or more races: 3.78%
  • Other race: 1.46%
  • Asian: 1.31%
  • Native American: 0.49%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.14%
The current population of Portsmouth, Virginia is 93,830, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 94,632.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 95,535.

Portsmouth, Virginia Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American50,18852.66%
White38,27640.16%
Two or More Races3,6053.78%
Some Other Race1,3931.46%
Asian1,2511.31%
American Indian and Alaska Native4670.49%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1310.14%

Portsmouth Population Pyramid 2020

Portsmouth Median Age

35.2


Total

33.1


Male

37


Female

Portsmouth Adults

There are 72,901 adults, (13,553 of whom are seniors) in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Age Dependency

60.6

Age Dependency Ratio

22.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Portsmouth Sex Ratio

Female

49,392

51.82%

Male

45,919

48.18%

Portsmouth Households and Families

Portsmouth Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Portsmouth Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.4%26.6%
All54.3%45.7%
Male50.4%49.6%
Non Family46.2%53.8%
Female37.8%62.2%

54.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All36,4712.5254.3
Non Family14,8011.2646.2
Married12,8363.1673.4
Female7,1253.6737.8
Male1,7093.750.4

3.27

Average Family Size

2.52

Average Household Size

5.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Portsmouth Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,1543.39%
9th to 12th Grade5,7699.08%
High School Graduate18,92329.79%
Some College17,77327.98%
Associates Degree5,3858.48%
Bachelors Degree8,78413.83%
Graduate Degree4,7347.45%

Portsmouth Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black32,09626,9835,475
White26,97124,6186,739
Hispanic2,0911,821519
Multiple Races1,3221,186379
Other Race844758167
Asian818724361
Native American30529140
Islander555518

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 asian people with a rate of 44.13%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,382$41,805$27,880
Less Than High School$22,813$29,240$19,079
High School Grad$30,216$35,741$22,547
Some College$33,064$45,237$26,299
Bachelors Degree$41,514$45,817$37,209
Graduate Degree$58,408$63,617$54,243

$34,382

Average Earnings

$41,805

Average Male

$27,880

Average Female

Portsmouth Language

Portsmouth Language by Age

Portsmouth Language

94.90% of Portsmouth residents speak only English, while 5.10% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.01% of the population.

Portsmouth Poverty

Portsmouth Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black48,59311,04722.73%
White34,7553,51210.11%
Hispanic3,69770319.02%
Other1,29639830.71%
Multiple3,3263329.98%
Asian1,160998.53%
Native390102.56%

17.15%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.96%

Male Poverty Rate

20.00%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Portsmouth

The race most likely to be in poverty in Portsmouth is Other, with 30.71% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Portsmouth is Native, with 2.56% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.36%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.86%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.12%
High School14.85%
Some College12.29%
Bachelors or Greater3.99%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed45.21%
Male Unemployed22.38%
Female Employed9.56%
Male Employed4.77%

Portsmouth Income

Portsmouth Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,224$61,052
Families$61,014$71,837
Married Families$79,358$90,751
Non Families$35,212$42,937

Portsmouth Marital Status

Portsmouth Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.2%

Male Marriage Rate

35.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Portsmouth Married by Age and Sex

Portsmouth 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.

Portsmouth Marital Status by Race

Portsmouth Veterans

11,200

Number of Veterans

9,102

Male Veterans

2,098

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War3,568
First Gulf War3,356
Vietnam2,700
Korea546
World War II275
Age Group Veterans
35 to 544,072
55 to 642,290
18 to 341,741
65 to 741,656
75+1,441
Name Veterans % of Total
Black5,59315.41%
White4,88916.59%
Hispanic43819.35%
Other27630.77%
2 or More17110.72%
Asian14514.93%
Indian10834.62%
Hawaiian1828.13%

$Portsmouth Veterans by Education

7.82%

Veteran Poverty Rate

20.97%

Veteran Disability Rate

Portsmouth Employment Status

65.1%

Labor Force Participation

55.1%

Employment Rate

9.2%

Unemployment Rate

Portsmouth 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

63.70%

Born in Virginia

96.81%

Native Born

3.19%

Foreign Born

1.65%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.81% of Portsmouth residents were born in the United States, with 63.70% having been born in Virginia. 1.65% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202093,830-401-0.43%
201994,231-401-0.42%
201894,632-61-0.06%
201794,693-401-0.42%
201695,094-1,214-1.26%
201596,3084820.50%
201495,826-245-0.26%
201396,071-396-0.41%
201296,4677410.77%
201195,7262810.29%
201095,445-5,120-0.52%
2000100,565-3,342-0.33%
1990103,907-670-0.06%
1980104,577-6,386-0.59%
1970110,963-3,810-0.34%
1960114,77334,7343.67%
195080,03929,2944.66%
194050,7455,0411.05%
193045,704-8,683-1.72%
192054,38721,1975.06%
191033,19015,7636.65%
190017,4274,1592.76%
189013,2681,8781.54%
188011,3908000.73%
187010,5901,0941.10%
18609,4961,3741.58%
18508,1221,6452.29%
18406,4770.00%