Portsmouth, Virginia Population 2021

93,694
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Portsmouth is a city located in Virginia. With a 2020 population of 93,694, it is the 10th largest city in Virginia and the 362nd largest city in the United States . Portsmouth is currently declining at a rate of -0.37% annually and its population has decreased by -1.93% 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 2,814 people per square mile.

The average household income in Portsmouth is $63,882 with a poverty rate of 16.80%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,048 per month, and the median house value is $170,900. The median age in Portsmouth is 35.3 years, 33.2 years for males, and 37.3 years for females.

Portsmouth Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 52.87%
  • White: 39.78%
  • Two or more races: 3.61%
  • Other race: 1.63%
  • Asian: 1.40%
  • Native American: 0.40%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.31%
The current population of Portsmouth, Virginia is 93,694 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 94,750.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 95,535.

Portsmouth, Virginia Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American50,27452.87%
White37,83139.78%
Two or More Races3,4363.61%
Some Other Race1,5541.63%
Asian1,3281.40%
American Indian and Alaska Native3810.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2930.31%
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Portsmouth Population by Race

Portsmouth Population Pyramid $2021

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Portsmouth Median Age

35.3


Total

33.2


Male

37.3


Female

Portsmouth Adults

There are 72,820 adults, (13,774 of whom are seniors) in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Age Dependency

61.1

Age Dependency Ratio

23.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Portsmouth Sex Ratio

Female

49,393

51.94%

Male

45,704

48.06%

Portsmouth Population by Age

Portsmouth Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Portsmouth Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74%26%
All55%45%
Male51.7%48.3%
Non Family47%53%
Female39.2%60.8%

55.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Portsmouth Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All36,3702.5155
Non Family15,1621.2747
Married12,4743.274
Female7,0013.6939.2
Male1,7333.6851.7

3.29

Average Family Size

2.51

Average Household Size

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Portsmouth Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,0033.15%
9th to 12th Grade5,4708.60%
High School Graduate19,12530.07%
Some College17,41327.37%
Associates Degree5,6748.92%
Bachelors Degree9,06714.25%
Graduate Degree4,8587.64%
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Portsmouth Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Portsmouth Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black32,39127,6725,959
White26,77624,4716,823
Hispanic2,1321,941546
2+ Races1,3821,202376
Other Race813764132
Asian785698262
Native American26325019
Islander12212237

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 33.38%.

Portsmouth Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,707$43,779$29,445
Less Than 9th Grade$25,293$34,766$20,521
High School Graduate$30,168$37,200$22,690
Some College$35,655$46,546$27,903
Bachelors Degree$42,458$47,543$40,491
Graduate Degree$57,267$64,020$53,613

$36,707

Average Earnings

$43,779

Average Male

$29,445

Average Female

Portsmouth Earnings by Educational Attainment

Portsmouth Language by Age

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Portsmouth Language

95.41% of Portsmouth residents speak only English, while 4.59% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.66% of the population.

Portsmouth Language

Portsmouth Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black48,42110,80622.32%
White34,4713,1869.24%
Hispanic3,86179320.54%
Other1,47751534.87%
Multiple3,17841813.15%
Asian1,163988.43%
Native31451.59%

16.80%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.40%

Male Poverty Rate

19.80%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Portsmouth

The race most likely to be in poverty in Portsmouth is Other, with 34.87% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Portsmouth is Native, with 1.59% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.23%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.36%.

Portsmouth Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade23.46%
High School15.09%
Some College12.67%
Bachelors or Greater3.74%

Portsmouth Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed36.87%
Male Unemployed16.23%
Female Employed9.26%
Male Employed4.14%

Portsmouth Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Portsmouth Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$52,175$63,882
Families$61,368$73,992
Married Families$80,638$93,008
Non Families$37,552$47,121
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Income by Household Type

Portsmouth Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

36.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.9%

Male Marriage Rate

35.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Portsmouth Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Portsmouth Marital Status

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10,238

Number of Veterans

8,333

Male Veterans

1,905

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War3,608
First Gulf War3,023
Vietnam2,403
Korea487
World War II248

Portsmouth Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,596
55 to 642,000
18 to 341,642
65 to 741,638
75+1,362

Portsmouth Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black4,85413.39%
White4,61415.88%
Hispanic47520.16%
Other Race27832.14%
2+ Races18410.01%
Asian17318.35%
Native American9339.08%
Islander4234.43%

Portsmouth Veterans by Race

Portsmouth Veterans by Education

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7.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.75%

Veteran Disability Rate

Portsmouth Veterans by Education

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64.6%

Labor Force Participation

55.2%

Employment Rate

7.8%

Unemployment Rate

Portsmouth Employment by Age

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Portsmouth Employment by Race

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Portsmouth 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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63.46%

Born in Portsmouth

97.08%

Native Born

2.92%

Foreign Born

1.29%

Non Citizen

1.63%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.08% of Portsmouth residents were born in the United States, with 63.46% having been born in Virginia. 1.29% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Portsmouth Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202193,694-352-0.37%
202094,046-352-0.37%
201994,398-352-0.37%
201894,750-88-0.09%
201794,838-327-0.34%
201695,165-1,171-1.22%
201596,3365070.53%
201495,829-246-0.26%
201396,075-405-0.42%
201296,4807320.76%
201195,7482970.31%
201095,451-5,114-0.52%
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%

Portsmouth Population by Year