Portsmouth, Virginia Population 2021

Portsmouth, Virginia's estimated population is 93,694 with a growth rate of -0.37% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Portsmouth, Virginia is the 21st largest county in Virginia. The 2010 Population was 95,451 and has seen a growth of -1.84% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth 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%
201095,451-8,456-8.14%
1990103,907-670-0.64%
1980104,577-6,386-5.76%
1970110,963-3,810-3.32%
1960114,77334,73443.40%
195080,03929,29457.73%
194050,7455,04111.03%
193045,704-8,683-15.97%
192054,38721,19763.87%
191033,19015,76390.45%
190017,4270.00%
2021 Growth Rate
-0.37%
2010 Population
95,451
Growth Since 2010
-1.84%
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Portsmouth, Virginia Population Growth

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, Virginia Population by Race

Portsmouth, Virginia Population Pyramid $2021

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Portsmouth, Virginia Median Age

35.3


Total

33.2


Male

37.3


Female

Portsmouth, Virginia Adults

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

Portsmouth, Virginia Age Dependency

61.1

Age Dependency Ratio

23.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Portsmouth, Virginia Sex Ratio

Female

49,393

51.94%

Male

45,704

48.06%

Portsmouth, Virginia Population by Age

Portsmouth, Virginia Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Portsmouth, Virginia 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, Virginia 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, Virginia 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, Virginia Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Portsmouth, Virginia 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, Virginia 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, Virginia Earnings by Educational Attainment

Portsmouth, Virginia Language by Age

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Portsmouth, Virginia Language

95.41% of Portsmouth, Virginia 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, Virginia Language

Portsmouth, Virginia 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, Virginia

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

The race least likely to be in poverty in Portsmouth, Virginia 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, Virginia Poverty

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

Portsmouth, Virginia Poverty Rate by Education

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

Portsmouth, Virginia Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Portsmouth, Virginia 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, Virginia Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

36.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.9%

Male Marriage Rate

35.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Portsmouth, Virginia Married by Age and Sex

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Portsmouth, Virginia 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, Virginia Marital Status by Race

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Portsmouth, Virginia 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, Virginia 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, Virginia 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, Virginia Veterans by Race

Portsmouth, Virginia Veterans by Education

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7.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.75%

Veteran Disability Rate

Portsmouth, Virginia Veterans by Education

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64.6%

Labor Force Participation

55.2%

Employment Rate

7.8%

Unemployment Rate

Portsmouth, Virginia Employment by Age

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Portsmouth, Virginia Employment by Race

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Portsmouth, Virginia 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, Virginia

97.08%

Native Born

2.92%

Foreign Born

1.29%

Non Citizen

1.63%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.08% of Portsmouth, Virginia 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, Virginia Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

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