Suffolk, Virginia Population 2021

94,374
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Suffolk is a city located in Virginia. With a 2020 population of 94,374, it is the 9th largest city in Virginia and the 356th largest city in the United States . Suffolk is currently growing at a rate of 1.22% annually and its population has increased by 11.57% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 84,585 in 2010. Suffolk reached it's highest population of 94,374 in 2021. Spanning over 429 miles, Suffolk has a population density of 236 people per square mile.

The average household income in Suffolk is $92,145 with a poverty rate of 10.36%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,201 per month, and the median house value is $254,400. The median age in Suffolk is 38 years, 36.6 years for males, and 39.3 years for females.

Suffolk Demographics

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

  • White: 51.45%
  • Black or African American: 41.79%
  • Two or more races: 3.78%
  • Asian: 1.96%
  • Other race: 0.78%
  • Native American: 0.21%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Suffolk, Virginia is 94,374 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 90,975.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 84,585.

Suffolk, Virginia Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White46,35751.45%
Black or African American37,64841.79%
Two or More Races3,4103.78%
Asian1,7701.96%
Some Other Race7040.78%
American Indian and Alaska Native1890.21%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander150.02%
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Suffolk Population by Race

Suffolk Population Pyramid $2021

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Suffolk Median Age

38


Total

36.6


Male

39.3


Female

Suffolk Adults

There are 68,190 adults, (12,764 of whom are seniors) in Suffolk.

Suffolk Age Dependency

62.5

Age Dependency Ratio

23

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Suffolk Sex Ratio

Female

46,395

51.50%

Male

43,698

48.50%

Suffolk Population by Age

Suffolk Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Suffolk Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married84.5%15.5%
All68.7%31.3%
Non Family57.5%42.5%
Male48.2%51.8%
Female40.1%59.9%

68.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Suffolk Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All33,7742.6568.7
Married17,9513.1884.5
Non Family9,0421.1957.5
Female5,1483.2540.1
Male1,6333.1148.2

3.12

Average Family Size

2.65

Average Household Size

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Suffolk Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,9593.21%
9th to 12th Grade4,2166.91%
High School Graduate16,54527.14%
Some College14,86424.38%
Associates Degree5,4158.88%
Bachelors Degree10,58017.35%
Graduate Degree7,39312.13%
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Suffolk Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Suffolk Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White32,16230,32010,936
Black24,32920,3495,580
Hispanic2,1721,946550
2+ Races1,4351,419447
Asian1,1781,013559
Other Race469457152
Native American14712923
Islander333

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 100.00%.

Suffolk Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$45,777$56,007$36,438
Less Than 9th Grade$22,659$25,327$19,763
High School Graduate$37,316$46,030$26,632
Some College$43,168$53,863$33,240
Bachelors Degree$55,392$73,974$44,275
Graduate Degree$76,102$96,067$61,250

$45,777

Average Earnings

$56,007

Average Male

$36,438

Average Female

Suffolk Earnings by Educational Attainment

Suffolk Language by Age

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Suffolk Language

94.90% of Suffolk 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 2.34% of the population.

Suffolk Language

Suffolk Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black37,3076,04916.21%
White44,1022,2475.10%
Hispanic3,88869417.85%
Multiple3,39443412.79%
Asian1,7661719.68%
Other704304.26%

10.36%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.78%

Male Poverty Rate

11.86%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Suffolk

The race most likely to be in poverty in Suffolk is Hispanic, with 17.85% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Suffolk is Other, with 4.26% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.58%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.01%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.08%.

Suffolk Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.25%
High School9.89%
Some College6.14%
Bachelors or Greater2.97%

Suffolk Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed29.46%
Male Unemployed26.58%
Female Employed4.91%
Male Employed2.46%

Suffolk Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Suffolk Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$74,884$92,145
Families$87,049$104,378
Married Families$105,388$123,805
Non Families$39,491$53,561
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Income by Household Type

Suffolk Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

53.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

55.7%

Male Marriage Rate

50.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Suffolk Married by Age and Sex

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Suffolk Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Suffolk Marital Status by Race

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Suffolk Marital Status

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10,917

Number of Veterans

9,065

Male Veterans

1,852

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War4,669
Second Gulf War4,550
Vietnam2,512
Korea292
World War II108

Suffolk Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 544,277
55 to 642,407
65 to 741,805
18 to 341,429
75+999

Suffolk Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,27317.93%
Black3,98014.47%
Hispanic53422.84%
2+ Races29617.07%
Other Race23248.95%
Asian1158.36%
Native American1812.24%
Islander320.00%

Suffolk Veterans by Race

Suffolk Veterans by Education

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3.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

17.21%

Veteran Disability Rate

Suffolk Veterans by Education

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66.8%

Labor Force Participation

60.1%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Suffolk Employment by Age

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Suffolk Employment by Race

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Suffolk 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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59.12%

Born in Suffolk

96.49%

Native Born

3.51%

Foreign Born

1.47%

Non Citizen

2.04%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.49% of Suffolk residents were born in the United States, with 59.12% having been born in Virginia. 1.47% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Suffolk Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202194,3741,1331.22%
202093,2411,1331.23%
201992,1081,1331.25%
201890,9758670.96%
201790,1089141.02%
201689,1941,1151.27%
201588,0791,1971.38%
201486,8821,1311.32%
201385,7515000.59%
201285,2515010.59%
201184,750-63-0.07%
201084,81321,1362.91%
200063,67711,5362.02%
199052,1414,5200.91%
198047,62137,76317.06%
19709,858-2,751-2.43%
196012,6092700.22%
195012,3399960.85%
194011,3431,0721.00%
193010,2711,1481.19%
19209,1232,1152.67%
19107,0083,1816.24%
19003,8274731.33%
18903,3540.00%

Suffolk Population by Year